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Senator Harry Reid Told Osama Bin Laden Killed in Pakistan Earthquake

By November 25, 2005

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The NBC affiliate in Reno, Nevada, KRNV, reports, "Nevada Senator Harry Reid thinks Osama Bin Laden was killed in last month's earthquake in Pakistan.

Speaking Wednesday on News 4's Nevada News Makers, Reid says he was informed today that Bin Laden may have died in the October temblor. 'I heard today that he may have died in the earthquake that they had in Pakistan, seriously.' Reid says that if that is the case, 'that's good for the world.'

When asked about Bin Laden during an exclusive News 4 interview, Reid said, 'I'm not sure he is alive anymore. I think perhaps the earthquake took him down.' "

Here's a link to the video of KRNV's interview with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

It's difficult to estimate the impact Bin Laden's death would have on the War on Terror, the Bush Administration and on the American people as a whole. Bin Laden has been a powerful symbol of international terrorism, particularly since the September 11, 2001 tragedy, which he masterminded. The Bush Administration has been remarkably impotent in its pursuit of bin Laden.

Of course, bin Laden has been quite useful to Bush/Cheney as a unifying symbol to incite voter fears, especially during the the 2004 presidential campaign. So useful, that some wonder if Bush/Cheney would prefer to quietly contain bin Laden, rather than to publicly capture and imprison him. States blogger PW at leading liberal blog TPMCafe, "If Bush really wanted bin Laden, he'd have him by now."

I'll keep my proverbial ear to the ground on this story, and let you know more as I "hear" it.
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