The BBC makes it out to seem like the head of Interpol is saying that Osama bin Laden is alive and scheming somewhere. Except there’s absolutely no evidence that conclusively supports that contention.
Ronald Noble told the French newspaper Le Figaro: "Osama Bin Laden is alive, and on the ground the hunt for him goes on as it did on the very first day.
"As long as I have no proof to the contrary, I will consider Bin Laden a fugitive well and truly alive."
However, that lack of evidence is in itself telling. Since December of last year, there has been not one shred of credible or confirmable evidence that Osama bin Laden is still alive. There has not been one communication that can tie him down to a period after the bombing of Tora Bora. The best intelligence indicates that Osama bin Laden did make it to Tora Bora, but there’s none that says that he ever emerged alive.
Considering that amount of munitions that were used in Tora Bora, there would be scarce little chance that any remains would be found confirming bin Laden’s death. A thermobaric weapon detonated in his cave could have easily vaporized any remains to the point where not even DNA would remain. While it will likely never be confirmed, it doesn’t take much to start putting two and two together.
Bin Laden is likely a dead man. Al-Qaeda still remains, but the lessons learned from Afghanistan have been taken to heart by the US military – the best way to prevent terrorism is to hunt down and execute terrorists.