The New Yorker on the Death of Osama bin Laden

This week’s New Yorker contains a comment by editor David Remnick on the killing of Osama bin Laden. Remnick writes:

This serious and necessary act has led to serious and necessary questions: Was bin Laden under the control of Pakistan, our putative ally, and its intelligence agency, the I.S.I., or was he really able to hide just down the road from an élite military academy? Will the death of bin Laden in the wake of the anti-authoritarian uprisings of the “Arab Spring” deal a decisive blow to jihadist movements throughout the Middle East and South Asia? And, perhaps most urgently, will the death of bin Laden accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan? Afghanistan was one of the places where Al Qaeda was born, and where it was sheltered. But Al Qaeda long ago fled to all corners, changing its mailing address to franchise cells in Waziristan, Peshawar, southern Yemen, and housing projects in European cities. Bin Laden’s death underscores the question of why we go on losing young men and women daily in the defense of an indefensibly corrupt government in Kabul.

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