congratulations america, you've dispatched a largely irrelevant figurehead. enjoy your symbolic victory and 'freedom and liberty' masturbatory nonsense. also, hasn't he been dead for a few years already, and replaced with a fellow who only vaguely resembles him? either way, i'm just hiding in a cave until the nauseating wave of mindless patriotism subsides after this one.
This is simply not true. Al Qaeda is deeply theological in structure, and because of that his death will deal a huge blow to morale to them and others related to their cause. Al Qaeda is not some shapeless formless entity with no leadership or structure. As religious fundamentalists they emulate their workings in much the same way a church would, and its leadership holds the power and prestige commensurate with leaders of such organizations. At least one person on this forum makes a living out of knowing precisely how this and other organizations work, so it might be wise to not talk out of your ass on subjects you don't fully understand.
And if others in this thread truly believe this is all some ploy by the government, or a conspiracy of some sort, you are indulging in exactly the same kind of "masturbatory nonsense" and mindlessness you claim to oppose.
i am not a conspiracy theorist, but unless 'just for men' was being stashed away in secret cavernous hiding places, he was dead before this "happened". there is an extremely obvious discrepancy between his appearance in videos before and after a certain date, wherein the later videos he looks significantly younger. so it seems to me that, not only was the united states using the comic book character of osama bin laden as a powerful symbol, so were the islamic terrorists releasing the videos. not to mention the talk of the cia and british intelligence declaring him dead, benazir bhutto slipping on television and proclaiming him deceased, etc. i'm not normally into conspiratorial shit like that, but taking everything into account it requires a greater leap of faith to assume that he was alive all the way up until this point. i mean come on, he was dying of liver failure 8 years ago while living in a fucking cave. we either killed a replacement, or killed some goatfucking farmer and dropped him into the ocean to drum up hurrahs and cheers and patriotic sentiment. whether this will deal a blow to islamic terrorists, i don't know. you would most likely know better than i do, but if this thing really was a farce, it will accomplish nothing more than to embarrass and anger terror cells. as a result, they'll go blow up some precious art or make a bomb out of camel shit and waste some bright-eyed football player from tennessee who just wanted to "serve his country". if it really was the man they say it was, which i find extremely hard to believe, then hopefully you're right and it accomplishes something. however, i'm fairly sure that a lot of people, like me, are pretty tired of giving the government the benefit of the doubt, or were never really fans of it in the first place. i can't help but think that this is going to blow up in obama's face somewhere down the road.