Is Osama Alive or Dead?
What Really Happened tracks past news accounts to make the case that Osama bin Laden is dead. It begins:
Osama bin Laden is dead. The news first came from sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan almost six months ago: the fugitive died in December  and was buried in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan. Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, echoed the information. The remnants of Osama's gang, however, have mostly stayed silent, either to keep Osama's ghost alive or because they have no means of communication.
With an ego the size of Mount Everest, Osama bin Laden would not have, could not have, remained silent for so long if he were still alive. He always liked to take credit even for things he had nothing to do with. Would he remain silent for nine months and not trumpet his own survival? [New York Times. July 11, 2002]
So what do you think? Is he alive or dead? Does the Administration benefit from us believing he's still alive and a present danger? On a related topic, don't miss Michael Tomasky's new article in American Prospect, Day 1,461 and Counting.
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