May 3, 2011
Not Just a Figurehead (Fred Kaplan, May 2, 2011, Slate)
An important caveat: Bin Laden's presence and influence were much diminished in recent years as he had to isolate himself from network technology (lest he reveal his location) and as his movement fractured into increasingly self-directed franchises. Bruce Hoffman, counterterrorism expert at Georgetown University, notes that, historically, decapitation has had little impact on the fate of violent organizations. Capturing Saddam Hussein, for instance, did nothing to impede the Iraqi insurgency.
Hold on....so after ten years Mr. Kaplan now believes that Saddam was a leader of Islamicist terror? Posted by Orrin Judd at May 3, 2011 6:39 AM
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