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Why does it matter that Bin Laden is dead?

vbaculum
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5/2/2011 11:09:00 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
I understand the psychological signifigence for anti-terrorists but what are the practial effects of his death?

Also, why did they kill him? Wasn't he more valuable alive?
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5/2/2011 11:11:50 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/2/2011 11:09:00 AM, vbaculum wrote:
I understand the psychological significance for anti-terrorists but what are the practical effects of his death?

For me the practical effects were:


Also, why did they kill him? Wasn't he more valuable alive?

Lol I'm sure if we had a special ops mission to kill him he probably was captured a year ago and tortured.
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5/2/2011 2:11:19 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/2/2011 11:09:00 AM, vbaculum wrote:
I understand the psychological signifigence for anti-terrorists but what are the practial effects of his death?:

There is ONLY a psychological significance; not much of a practical one. Bin Laden represents the face behind 9/11, the face behind the insurgency. In reality Al Qaeda was doing just fine without him running any day to operation.

Also, why did they kill him? Wasn't he more valuable alive?:

The goal was to take him alive but he, his body guards, and even his wife fought them tooth and nail. It was a 40 minute gun battle inside his compound. If there is any respectable thing to be said on his behalf, it's that he went down fighting for what he believed in didn't curl up in to a drainage ditch like that coward Hussein. I think his beliefs are sh*t, but I respect his dedication to die for it.
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5/2/2011 3:19:11 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/2/2011 2:11:19 PM, PARADIGM_L0ST wrote:
At 5/2/2011 11:09:00 AM, vbaculum wrote:
I understand the psychological signifigence for anti-terrorists but what are the practial effects of his death?:

There is ONLY a psychological significance; not much of a practical one. Bin Laden represents the face behind 9/11, the face behind the insurgency. In reality Al Qaeda was doing just fine without him running any day to operation.

Also, why did they kill him? Wasn't he more valuable alive?:

The goal was to take him alive but he, his body guards, and even his wife fought them tooth and nail. It was a 40 minute gun battle inside his compound. If there is any respectable thing to be said on his behalf, it's that he went down fighting for what he believed in didn't curl up in to a drainage ditch like that coward Hussein. I think his beliefs are sh*t, but I respect his dedication to die for it.

Ahh. On the news I just heard "he resisted" and was therefore "shot in the head".

I wish he were taken alive though. I would imagine he would be an invaluble source of information.
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5/2/2011 9:16:10 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/2/2011 2:11:19 PM, PARADIGM_L0ST wrote:
At 5/2/2011 11:09:00 AM, vbaculum wrote:
I understand the psychological signifigence for anti-terrorists but what are the practial effects of his death?:

There is ONLY a psychological significance; not much of a practical one. Bin Laden represents the face behind 9/11, the face behind the insurgency. In reality Al Qaeda was doing just fine without him running any day to operation.

Also, why did they kill him? Wasn't he more valuable alive?:

The goal was to take him alive but he, his body guards, and even his wife fought them tooth and nail. It was a 40 minute gun battle inside his compound. If there is any respectable thing to be said on his behalf, it's that he went down fighting for what he believed in didn't curl up in to a drainage ditch like that coward Hussein. I think his beliefs are sh*t, but I respect his dedication to die for it.

1st it was not planed to capture him alive as far as I know. Also the gun battle was not 40 min. rather most of the time was spent collecting computers documents ect. next he was a coward he used one of his wives as a human shield. lastly they probably didnt capture him bec. it would increase likly hood of amarican cashualties.
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5/2/2011 11:03:06 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/2/2011 3:19:11 PM, vbaculum wrote:
At 5/2/2011 2:11:19 PM, PARADIGM_L0ST wrote:
At 5/2/2011 11:09:00 AM, vbaculum wrote:
I understand the psychological signifigence for anti-terrorists but what are the practial effects of his death?:

There is ONLY a psychological significance; not much of a practical one. Bin Laden represents the face behind 9/11, the face behind the insurgency. In reality Al Qaeda was doing just fine without him running any day to operation.

Also, why did they kill him? Wasn't he more valuable alive?:

The goal was to take him alive but he, his body guards, and even his wife fought them tooth and nail. It was a 40 minute gun battle inside his compound. If there is any respectable thing to be said on his behalf, it's that he went down fighting for what he believed in didn't curl up in to a drainage ditch like that coward Hussein. I think his beliefs are sh*t, but I respect his dedication to die for it.

Ahh. On the news I just heard "he resisted" and was therefore "shot in the head".

I wish he were taken alive though. I would imagine he would be an invaluble source of information.

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5/3/2011 12:11:07 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
It matters mostly in a symbolic and "justice is 'served'" way, but there is also a slight strategic component to this. It makes complacent terrorists less likely to become reluctant terrorists (to use BdM's terminology); it also might discourage people from joining terrorist groups.
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