I am not surprised that Bin Laden was not taken alive. I don't think he would have allowed himself to be put on display as an American prisoner. Frankly, that he was shot while resisting being apprehended solves a lot of issues, not least that of extradition from Pakistan, as well as the problem of where or when he could ever have been put on trial, let alone safely detained.
One supposes it's too much to expect that Al-Quaida, which has become used to operating in a decentralized manner of necessity, will suffer a general morale collapse and lapse into irrelevancy, but we can always hope.
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