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Where is Osama bin Laden?

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I'm getting about as tired of writing this editorial as readers tell me they're getting of reading it. But here we are, nine years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and the man responsible for them is free and planning more attacks. When will this man be brought to justice?

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Days after the attacks on the World Trade Center, President Bush stood in the rubble and proclaimed, "I hear you and the people who did this will hear from all of us soon."

I guess we have different definitions of the word "soon."

For nine long years, we have waited for the news of the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden. It has not come. Where is he? Why can't we get to him?

Instead of bringing him to justice, we've gone off on tangents like nation building, "spreading freedom," creating a massive new federal bureaucracy to make us feel safe that we're "protecting the homeland." Yet we allow the person responsible for the attacks to (apparently) roam the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan untouched?

What are we doing? After spending trillions of dollars, what do we really have to show for it?

We're quick to curtail our own freedoms in the name of safety. We're quick to squabble about what makes us safe. We're embarking on "surges" and employing new strategies in countries we've invaded. President Obama has reaped the rewards of a successful surge in Iraq and talks of new strategies in Afghanistan. Yet no one will ask the question, "Where is Osama bin Laden?"

I'll ask it. And as tired as I am of asking it, and as tired as you are of reading it, I'll keep asking until the question is answered.

The Pioneer Journal editorial represents the voice of the newspaper's editorial board. Today's editorial was written by Steve Schulz, editor and publisher.

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