There’s a great deal that can strike one about this day. That bin Laden is still taunting the West through his video releases is perhaps the most significant detail. So many people were convinced that he’d have been captured or killed by the end of 2001. Now instead he’s metastasized as sort of extremist folk hero to those that buy into his world view. He can’t accomplish much directly, but he’s now a symbol, an idea. He cannot set up a large-scale terror-training regime, but he doesn’t have to.


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