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My blog post on what Osama's death means: And @Revkin's take:

The thing that scared us most about Osama bin Laden, I think, was what seemed to be his — and many of his acolytes’ — rational mega-murderousness. In American action thrillers, the bad guys sometimes used what appeared to be blind terrifying terrorism as a guise for merely felonious behavior. (The “Die Hard ” franchise nearly always centered on that construction.) But here were engineers and others with advanced degrees whose obsession was an end to modernism and a return to primal law. They pulled off an astonishing feat of coordinated anti-engineering in the takedown of the towers that for so long gave Manhattan’s skyline a balance that it still lacks. Facilitated by the Internet, they used one vital modern device, jet aircraft, to destroy another, the vertical structures that enable concentrated urban life and the ferment of creativity and commerce that goes with it. If...

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