On Sunday May 1, 2011 at 11:35 p.m., speaking to a larger audience than at any other time during his presidency, Obama stated that Osama bin Laden was dead. Earlier that day, in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs had descended on bin Laden’s compound and, after a 40-minute firefight, shot and killed the leader of Al Qaeda. Over the course of the week that followed, The New Republic unpacked the implications, symbolic and substantive, of bin Laden’s death. Below is a selection of the best of those articles.
Can We Win in Afghanistan
After Osama bin Laden
Will his death hasten Al Qaeda’s demise?
The Immortal Terrorist
For conspiracy theorists, Osama bin Laden will always live on.
If September 11 is a story, bin Laden’s death marks the only satisfying resolution possible.
What’s the proper response to the killing of Osama bin Laden?
Above and Beyond
Could Osama bin Laden’s demise loosen the grip paranoid politics has on America?
Understanding the symbolism of Osama bin Laden’s death in the history of American democracy.
‘Osama bin Gotten’
The case for joy.
Killing Osama bin Laden
The legal justification, explained.
When Something Goes Right
Three reasons the U.S. was able to kill Osama bin Laden.
A Victory for Democratic Foreign Policy
It’s official, Barack Obama is not Jimmy Carter
William J. Dobson
We Came Close to Catching Osama bin Laden in 2001
Sunday night ended ten years of self-doubt.
Killing bin Laden Won’t Rid the U.S. of Paranoid Politics.
Writing Osama bin Laden
Why have American novelists failed to tell convincing stories about terrorists?
The Immediate Question
Osama bin Laden and our futile war in Afghanistan.
He should confirm whether or not torture was used to find Osama bin Laden.
Tel Aviv Journal
Bin Laden, Israel, and Obama
Cry, the Beloved Country
The endlessly deepening crisis that is Pakistan.
The Backseat American