But cosmic justice is usually unavailable to us. Pol Pot died of illness, ousted by a not-much-better faction. Stalin died in his room, attended by toadies rather than loved ones, to be sure, but never even sniffing justice. Castro is going to die in his bed, lionized by the transnational Left. Only Ceasescu met a satisfying, rough justice end, in recent decades. So, if OBL has expired of a preventable disease in the wilds of Waziristan, then we'll just have to accept the workings of Providence. And if he's still up there, then let's hope we can still bag him someday, or render him ineffectual, or both. It's good to remember something Donald Rumsfeld said in October of 2001, about the hunt for OBL:
Until you have him, you do not have him, so what is progress? Until he is no longer functioning as a terrorist, he is functioning as a terrorist. There isn't any "progress." You either have him or you don't.