Originally Posted by senojekips
Do you really think that the death of Bin Laden will alter the course of the Muslim radicals? I fear that it may just elevate him to the status of a martyr and groups like Al Qaeda will just use his martyrdom as a stepping stone to continue the fight against those who killed him.
I don't think he will become a Martyr he has killed too many of his own kind for them believe that, I think he is just as disliked by mainstream Muslims as he his by everyone else.
What I do believe though is that he is a figurehead in a process very much like Adolph Hitler was and had Hitler died in any one of those assassination attempts WW2 would have been over in a heartbeat.
To be honest, I feel that Bin Laden has lost his power to really take a proactive part in this debacle other than as a figurehead, in which case his death will have little or no positive effect for the coalition. In fact it would not surprise me if it was found that he was a bigger thorn in our side, dead than alive.
I am sorry but I do believe he is the proverbial serpent, cut off its head and body will die or in this case lose cohesion and "heart".