Osama bin Ladden is a meglomaniac and any historian knows that is hardly unique. Every generation or so we have them. They form a cult of personality spread death and destruction. Then they go into histories dustbgin of failures appreciated by nobody . The sole exception are the menatly ill progressives who keep making excuses for Communism like 167.
Osama is unique in that he has fused an odd mixture 1/3 meglomania, 1/3 religious fervor and 1/3 marketing 1001. These high profile attacks serve no purpose otnher then a sick attemp at brand recognition. Lives are wasted as Osama leaveshis calling card.
We have two options ignore him but this did not work in the Clinton years. The other option is to turn up the heat and make life a living hell. Building Iraq is a goods start but it is time to turn up the heat. There are other fronts in this war and we should aid Russia, India , China and the Philipinnes in their battle. We should also arm Kurdish freedom fighters in Iran and Syria. The Kurds are our allies. If we turn up the heat there is a good probability that someone will turn on Bin Ladden.
Iraq and Afghanistan are only local battles in a wider war. Osama has ties to the Chechens, Kashmiri and Philipinno terrorists so lets flush them out. The stakes are just too high.