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Is bin Laden dead or alive? Why do you think so?(11 posts)

Is bin Laden dead or alive? Why do you think so?scottfree
Oct 17, 2002 8:06 AM
I'm starting to change my mind, and want to see if anyone else's thinking is following the same path.
Gotta be dead...Wayne
Oct 17, 2002 8:23 AM
I can't imagine if he were alive Al Quaeda would not have put out a conclusive picture of it yet. But as I type this, I realize if he's had plastic surgery to alter his appearance that wouldn't do much good either. It seems like to me they've tried to show that he's alive on several occasions but there's always been ways the documents or tapes coulda been forgeries, and the CIA hasn't verified any of them (or least they haven't made it public).
I like to think so.Sintesi
Oct 17, 2002 9:37 AM
Yeah, everything released to that al jazeera (sp?) station has been less than convincing.
Oct 17, 2002 9:23 AM
prior to december he wanted to be all over video...with proof of when it, nothing but some possible sound tapes that one cannot date
What would Bin Laden Gain by hiding?Kristin
Oct 17, 2002 9:38 AM
Just curious. If you were Bin Laden, what would the prose and con's be to either hiding and letting people wonder or revealing yourself?
Oct 17, 2002 3:31 PM
Al Queda attacks of the past have been seperated by as much as years, during which time Bin Laden has travelled from place to place establishing new bases of operation.

If he is alive, he would have everything to gain by keeping quiet for now while the US is tripping over itself to provide new kernels of truth on which to base his twisted propaganda.
I think you're rightKristin
Oct 18, 2002 7:59 AM
My guess would be that one of Bin Laden's primary goals in life is self preservation. He's building an empire for himself so he can be important...immortal. Funny that he teaches his followers to die for the cause.
Hadn't thought of that.czardonic
Oct 18, 2002 8:08 AM
Letting people think he is dead gives his movement a kind of legitimacy by suggesting that he is willing to die for his cause, as his followers are encouraged to do.
Sadly, his spirit and what he stood for lives on. nmRoyGBiv
Oct 17, 2002 9:55 AM
My guess is he's alive.carnageasada
Oct 17, 2002 9:58 AM
Either he snuck out with many others of the El Qaeda or the CIA has him quietly tucked away where he will be questioned without the rest of us knowing how he's being questioned.
Here's What CNN Has to Say on the Matterjromack
Oct 17, 2002 9:59 AM
Very conclusive! LOL