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Osama bin Laden (1957-2011)


This is a colorized version of an editorial cartoon Allen Forkum and I created on...wait for it...October 8, 2001.

Perseverance and justice prevails; America exterminates bin Laden.

Comments (111)


OK. I'm not writing any of this to be either a contrarian or a one-ups-man.

First, I don't think a full measure of justice could be obtained. There is no way to restore what the victims lost, which is essential in my view of justice. However, I'll settle for the partial measure. It's as close as we'll get.

I have mixed emotions about the mass celebrations in the streets. I'm not disappointed the S.O.B. is dead, but at the same time, the jubilation seems excessive. On one hand, I'd think that Americans would be more civilized than to act as many Muslims did on September 11, 2001--but on the other hand, I understand the relief felt & the need to express it.

Now... to get back to my irreverent self (& make the obvious parallel to an old lawyer joke):

(Q) What do you call a terrorist at the bottom of the ocean?
(A) A good start.


Like "T", I'm - Eh! It's a start.

Personally I'd a buried him in a pig sty. And if that offends "Muslim Sensibilities" - tough shit - They didn't get a rat's ass for ours on 9/11.

I agree with you Terwiller, 1 for 5000 just doesn't add up does it?


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I seem to remember that 'toon but haven't drug the books out to find it. Cool deep colors....Like it!

Agree with T. on the celebration thang! Not the same as VE or VJ day!

GF! Love the Pig sty idea!

Negative: Listening to BHO last night you would have thought he picked the team, trained them, planned the operation, went there and flew back in time to give his speech. Gawwwd! We can't even do this great thing, which has been in the works for a long time, and that guy doesn't upset my stomach!

pss...We just should have sent in Flinchy to finish this thang!

Dr. Bob:

I agree, OBL is just the start and his demise doesn't balance the scales.

Hopefully all those computers and flashdrives will prove very useful in eliminating the rest of the bunch.

I'd also be remiss in mentioning this, but I read today is the Victims of Communism Memorial Day or something like that. I'm sure there's a sketch in that.

Great article, I think you covered everything there.

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Martin Lundqvist:

I think that if George W. Bush had put his back into it, and disregarded the afghan barbarians' "sensibilities", he would have killed Osama bin Laden within three months, instead of 10 years.

And the american government has yet to invade the two main sponsors of international terrorism - Iran and Saudi Arabia. Unless or until they do, there will be no end to jihadism.


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In an article in the Jerusalem Post today, Shmuley Boteach, a famous American Rabbi and writer, discusses not celebrating that death. Here is a short quote that will give you the gist of the article: "Who can celebrate? Their families are still bereft. American soldiers continue to die in Iraq and Afghanistan. We do not gloat at the triumph over evil; its very existence must be mourned."

Shalom from Jerusalem

Tom Wms.:

I agree we need to get on with our lives, and I am sure that is exactly what Navy Seal Team 6 is doing. However, the main stream press has a long history of fixating and over reporting. They are sill talking about Michael Jackson's death, and he was no where nearly as important as Osama bin Laden. The death of bin Laden was a necessary step, but it is not the beginning of the end. If anything good can come out of the press' reaction, it would be that it keeps all of us mindful of the dangers we face from these people.

I definitely agree with the decision to NOT bury him on land where a shrine could be erected, but I'm not sure I would have honored the Muslim law that he be buried before sunset on the following day. I would have been tempted to keep him above ground in a freezer for a while. Dr. Michael Baden, the medical examiner, had a very good point that by not performing an autopsy, we lost an excellent opportunity to prove that we killed him and not one of his guards.

Tom Wms.:

I felt this next observation warranted it's own post. We haven't talked about the fact that interrogations at Gitmo helped bring us to this point. If you will remember, Obama (not Osama, but similar) gave as his first directive as President that the prison would be closed. Not a lot is being said about the egg on his face for that one.


"Not a lot is being said about the egg on his face for that one."

Oh they're already in denial that anything there led them eventually to Osama. Huffpo is full of it.


And Michael Ramirez picks up where you left off. An instant and 10 years later


John Cox:


The colorized version is 'shopped and there is no original art. The ink original does exist and if you're interested in purchasing that, contact me through my e-mail address found above in the ABOUT box.

John Cox:


Neat find. Where would Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ramirez be without this site, eh?

Tom Wms.:

John: More importantly, where would we be without this site? I'm glad it's back up.

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Good read. I saved the page for future visit.

Obama, being the president of the worlds leading terrorist state, condemning another "alleged" terrorist is comical. Instead of looking at others' atrocities one ought to look at ones own. The best way to stop terrorism, is to stop doing it.

Its very questionable that they so quickly got rid of the body. Is there really a body? I bet millions of people are asking that question but they are only airing the ones that are gullible and are so excited to hear which bin laden died. Wheres the proof? The president coming on TV and saying it's not at all proof.



That article does a good job of explaining my feelings as well. Thanks for the pointer.

Shalom, Shalom.


I'm with you regarding Bush 43. If he'd committed the full measure of resources necessary instead of half-___ing it with a little bit of "shock & awe", the U.S. wouldn't have needed such a large, devoted presence in the Middle East.

Responding in kind (or less) does no good--especially when dealing with someone who has stated that his goal is to "bleed you dry". The only thing that deters thugs is the certainty of a response of overwhelming force--& we haven't had a president who had the brass for that in a long time.

It took them two plus years to set up, uh, provide a birth certificate. How long will it decide on create, uh, provide pictures to prove bin Laden is useless. I think this is simply a continuation of the hoax that started 10 years ago. This is just too convenient.

Why do you not mention forensic DNA print taking from the house in Pakistan? Would you like to cover that story?

I didn't really believe the united states was actually hunting him. I thought he'd maybe died of sickness or a cave caving in. Couldn't believe they attended into another country with nuclear power without permission.

The just want to see bloody pictures and perhaps if shown bloody pictures they still won't believe it.

America has humiliated and laughed at the birthers, they need something to grab onto.

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I think it was responsible of the US to bury the body according to his religion. It would only give a reason for more attacks and outrage at the US. Just because they have been so disrespectful doesn't mean we should do the same. Someone has to act like more compared to common animals

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For the U. S. to be proven wrong or incorrect about claims that he's dead would be an international embarassment that would undercut our credibility for decades to come. So, you want absolute proof? Try this. Wait a month. If Bin Laden doesn't appear in tape or video to be able to embarass the U. S., then he's dead and you can take that to the bank.

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