some kind soul has already pinned the location of the compound in Google Earth.
I guess there'll be a Hollywood movie out soon about the showdown at Abbatobad staring Arnold Schwarzeneger.
He would not have been the first (and last) war combatant captured....
But my understanding is more - in linewith the brit here - that the US didn't want to deal with this issue alive and anyway he was wanted Dead or Alive, so I guess they did not hesitate (apparently he didn't either)..
This won't change anything anyway but after 10 years of "searching" and millions (billions?) of dollars spent they finally got him. Better late than never.
There are a myriad of possibilities and we'll likely never know the truth. It's quite possible the man would have never accepted to be captured alive. The US did capture Saddam Hussein and let him be paraded through a trial... I can't imagine though that anyone would want to take great risks to get the man, it would have tarred the operation a bit if american lives were lost in the process of capturing him.
There are always people on both sides and while you won't find me on the streets celebrating I sympathize more with them than with those that pay their last respect to a mass murderer.
13.29 The US special forces team that hunted down Osama bin Laden was under orders to kill the al Qaeda mastermind, not capture him, a US national security official has told Reuters.
Osama bin Laden killed: live - Telegraph
"This was a kill operation," the official said, making clear there was no desire to try to capture bin Laden alive in Pakistan.
Clearly the president understood what you didn't because he appeared very solemn and did not dwell or rejoice that Bin Laden was dead but focused instead on other points.