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Remember the night of May 2, 2011, when the news broke of Osama bin Laden's death? A range of responses and emotions flooded Twitter and Facebook. Some scoffed, others celebrated, and few said nothing at all. It was a time of reprieve, yet questions ...

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David Webb

December 23, 2012  1:00pm

"[A] squadron of Navy SEALS goes after bin Laden in his mansion..." It could hardly be considered a mansion. It was a compound with a three-storied concrete house. We've all seen images of the room that bin Laden was living in, mismatched furniture and all, which could hardly be considered a "master suite," either! I don't understand why, after seeing many images of the Abbottabad compound, that the American public continues to refer to it as a "mansion." It's clear from these images that bin Laden's "mansion" lacked even central heating, as evidenced by the litter of blankets and space heaters. The truth is that bin Laden was living off rations and the charity of those few ideological supports around him. Why, then, do so many project on bin Laden the image of Hitler at his Swiss Alpine retreat? Like Saddam Husein in his last days, bin Laden was no longer a threat and dependent on those few that could provide nothing more beyond food and shelter. Why deny the truth?

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