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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

 
Two Late-Coming Osama Thoughts

It was a mistake to dispose of the body. If a government engages in a military action it wants the rest of the world to know about, it had better have be able to offer slam-dunk evidence. Much of the Earth does lacks a) access to a free press, b) experience trusting any element of the United States government, or c) both. And a lot of those people know less about DNA evidence than I know about Jersey Shore.

Osama bin Laden's body should have been available for viewing by a wide array of witnesses. I would include Saudi officials (OBL was a Saudi, after all), male bin Laden relatives (gotta face reality - most Muslims won't care about what female witnesses have to say), and http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifvarious religious and secular Muslim leaders, including those who aren't at war with us but aren't especially friendly with the West.

The war isn't over. Al-Qaeda a) managed to war against us without OBL, and b) isn't our only enemy in the "War on Terror." There are Iranian-trained militias in Iraq, whatever allies OBL has in Pakistan, and the long-neglected enemy Hezbollah. Not to mention an array of self-styled jihadis like Richard Reid and Major Nidal Hasan, and the chronic threats of mob violence, particularly in Europe.

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