Monday, January 09, 2006

Osama Bin Laden Dead?

According to Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review Online, Osama died three weeks ago of kidney failure and was buried in Iran. From her article:
According to Iranians I trust, Osama bin Laden finally departed this world in mid-December. The al Qaeda leader died of kidney failure and was buried in Iran, where he had spent most of his time since the destruction of al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The Iranians who reported this note that this year's message in conjunction with the Muslim Haj came from his number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, for the first time.

Hat tip to Captain's Quarters, where Ed Morrissey added this:
If true, it would explain why Osama passed up the chance to make the address that Zawahiri made, but would press the Bush administration to escalate its confrontation with Iran. After all, a key part of the Bush Doctrine was to go after those nations that harbor our enemies, and none was bigger in a symbolic sense than Osama. On the other hand, if he's dead now, that may actually play against action against Teheran to a limited sense, although no one doubts that their technical and monetary support for Islamofascist terror groups like AQ and Hezbollah will suddenly dry up anytime soon.

I wonder if this will be confirmed, and if so, when, or by whom. My guess is that it will have to come from the blogging new media, because I doubt that the MSM will have time to look into it sufficiently with its focus on spinning the Alito hearings.