American forces killed bin Laden in Pakistan.
Bin Laden was located at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which was monitored and when the time was determined to be right, the president said, he authorized a "targeted operation."
"A small team of Americans carried out the operation," [...] said. "After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."
DNA testing confirmed that it was bin Laden, sources told ABC News.
Sources said the attack was carried out by Joint Special Operations Command forces working with the CIA.
I'm pleased that the man is dead. I would have been far happier if he had died a timely death ten years ago or more. He had been a known jihadi for years before 9-11, and it was the usual p.c. anti-Americanism in the U.S. government that allowed him to flourish all that time, up to, including, and now nearly ten years after 9-11. Better late than never, but far later than it should have been. Not just bin Laden. There are perhaps millions of jihadis waiting to and deserving to die. It is a shameful thing that we do not kill them. Even better, as I noted at Jihad Watch, would be to wound them. I can only wish.
This is good news, but it comes about a decade late. In all that time jihadis have had bin Laden as an inspiration to follow, thinking, perhaps, that if he can do it and live, so can they, to continue to harm our world with near impunity; and if they are caught, they become heroes; if they die, they become martyrs. No real downside to jihad when things can drag on for a decade in the case of the world's most wanted man. Who's going to worry about some small player in Nowheresvillianistan? No punishment, no penalty, no pain. These people must be laughing. Obama bows and apologises. OK. I mean the jihadis must be sick from laughing.
I'll offer again one man's opinion, knowing full well what that's worth. Jihadis care about two things, one being their religion. We seem to have little luck attacking that effectively. Thus, given any chance at all, I suggest that those who can should aim at the other thing jihadis obsess over. Going to prison means nothing to them, and dying is just as good or better than praying most of the time. Hit them where it hurts. Take the fun out of jihad. Let them live a long time and let them roam free. Shoot them between the legs. That will make the next guy nervous. Who'd follow bin Laden if he'd had his balls blown off? Men, and women, would just turn away and not want to see him at all. Better than death.
Bin Laden is dead, but jihad is eternal. Jihad was not some scheme bin Laden dreamed up in a cave one night. It is the eternal soul of Islam, and has been since Mohammed, may be burn in Hell for eternity, moved to Medina. Bin Laden was just doing the same Muslim routines that have always been Islam in practice and theory: killing and enslaving and destroying in the name of Islam. Killing bin Laden was only satisfying. It won't make any dent, not a scratch, in Islam. Can't get that into the minds of those who believe that what they hear from their friends who don't know is as good or better than fact. The fight goes on. The fight was never about bin Laden. He was merely the current poster-boy for jihad. Islam is an eternal war against not-Islam. Bin Laden is gone. Islam remains. The war continues. It will continue for all of my life, all of your life, and probably forever till Islam is torn from the world, burnt root and branch by main force and terror for generations untold. But it will never just go away of its own accord. It will require men to take the fight to the ummah and to win for freedom. Most people don't like freedom. This will be a long fight, and one we might not win. We certainly didn't win much today, just a poster-boy's carcass. Not that I'm complaining.
Bin Laden was killed in a gun fight in Pakistan. Pakistan is our ally in the war against Islamic terrorism, i.e. jihad, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. American troops in Pakistan killed a Pakistan resident.
Terry Jones burnt a Qur'an in Florida.
Let me weigh these two events and see which has greater weight.
I am now weighing. I am now concluding. My conclusion is: Obama will take credit for killing bin Laden till it turns sour in dar al Islam. Then he will blame Bush. Terry Jones will be banned from discussing this in Dearborn, Michigan. And when the killing starts in retaliation for the killing of bin Laden, leftards around the world will blame Sarah Palin just because they don't know anything else.
Bin Laden will be a hero to Muslims for a generation or more. He was always a poster-boy. Now he's a dead one, and like Elvis and Rudolph Valentino, his legend will grow. But if not bin Laden, it will be some other Muslim killer. The killing will never stop: it's what Islam is about.