WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.
Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy. The stunning news of his death prompted relief and euphoria outside the White House and around the globe, yet also deepening fears of terrorist reprisals against the United States and its allies.
"Justice has been done," President Barack Obama said late Sunday from the White House in an announcement that seemed sure to lift his own political standing.
The military operation took mere minutes, and there were no U.S. casualties.
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As I see it, this was very convenient to kill Osama bin Laden then quickly dispose of all evidence at sea. I bet that each ship out there thinks that one of the others disposed of the body. It's been speculated for years that bin Laden was already dead and "on ice" somewhere in the middle east, waiting for a good political opportunity.
What is the play here? More police state tyranny? More fear based policy making from the White House? Distraction from the collapse of the US Dollar? Tighter controls on firearm ownership? All of the above?