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R.I.H. = Rest in Hell. No tears shed here, that’s for sure. Too bad this didn’t happen nine years ago but better late than never. Also too bad he wasn’t arrested and brought to trial (in New York, not Gitmo). But the SOB got what was coming to him. There was 9/11, of course, but also Nairobi in 1998—where over 200 Kenyans were killed and up to 4000 wounded (many maimed for life)—, Istanbul in 2003, 3/11 in Madrid, 7/7 in London, and all the others. But OBL’s death isn’t likely to make much of a difference—which is hardly an original observation on my part. This recent article in Foreign Affairs, on how Al-Qaeda works, is relevant on this score.
UPDATE: This commentary by Steve Coll in The New Yorker isn’t bad.
2nd UPDATE: Here’s Ahmed Rashid’s take in the NYRB’s blog.
3rd UPDATE: Deborah Lipstadt compares the fates of Adolf Eichmann and Bin Laden. She regrets that the latter did not face a court of law.