Originally Posted by Aar_Canada
As Peter Bergen said last night and again today, these followers swore a personal oath to Bin Laden. I hate Hitler comparisons, but it was the same with Hitler. When Hitler died, so did Nazism. When so much of the substance of party, organization, group is tied up in a charismatic leader, once that leader's gone, so much is lost. Lop the head off the body and the body dies. Completely? No, but still. Bring him to trial and allow him to spew his hatred and put out his calls for action? Not a good idea, in my opinion. He admitted what he'd done, the end.
with hitler they also dismantled a nation that was organized in a way that al queda is not. they didn't just take down hitler, they took down all of his lieutenants, all of his communication, all of the infrastructure of the nation, and all the associated military strategy and effectiveness. and nazism didn't die, it just had no state mechanism anymore.
with bin laden, none of this was done.
this body is not about to die.