Thursday, May 21, 2015
Osama Bin Laden understood the value of propaganda. That is why until the end of his life he urged Al Qaeda to continue to attack US targets. The value of showing US weakness was greater than capturing a city or territory in the Middle East. The US has been the leader in trying to rid the world of terrorists, and to show that it could not through spectacular assaults was success. It would provide terrorists with the hope that they could win in the end. It would demoralize Americans and their allies. It might convince the US to leave the Middle East as the Soviets did before them. Bin Laden didn't live to see his wishes carried out, but the files retrieved from his compound paint a picture of a determined enemy. Instead, Bin Laden himself became a propaganda symbol of the progress the US has made in warring with terrorists.