Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama bin Laden is killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan - The Washington Post

Osama bin Laden is killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan - The Washington Post

I have to admit, I'm a somewhat surprised by the emotional impact of this news. On one hand, it sounds like Osama bin Laden has been out of al-Qaeda's command and control loop for most of this past decade--a passive player whose influence waned as he focused primarily on staying alive as a symbol. So killing him may not have much of a major impact on a group that has already found itself under severe pressure and with greatly diminished capabilities for several years now.

On the other hand, seeing that headline on my iGoogle page hit me with a hard sense of closure. Whatever the strategic consequences are large or small, it does feel momentous, and it does feel like the end of an era.

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