Fresh New Take on an Age-Old Question:
Just Where the Hell is Osama bin Laden?
'Where is Osama bin Laden? I only ask because he's been on the run for years now, and despite the best efforts of the World's Top Power--its heat sensors and attack dogs, its agents and bounty hunters--they seem no nearer to capturing him than five or even 10 years ago. After 9/11 bin Laden footage was a staple for building up our crusading zeal. There he was: the beardie bogeyman, moving with leisurely awkwardness between the rocky defiles of an Afghan moonscape. A stick insect of a man with a Kalashnikov in lieu of a cane, his aquiline--yet bilous--face lean beneath his turban. They seek him here! we cried. They seek him there! They seek him bloody well everywhere! Is he in heaven? Is he in hell? That damned elusive orchestrator of worldwide terror! The consensus among informed commentators is that bin Laden and Al-Qaeda never really functioned in quite the manner that we'd like. Despite his appearance--straight out of central casting--this softly spoken fanatic was and is no Dr. No, his sensitive fingers poised to activate thousands of loyal henchmen, but instead a kind of venture capitalist of terrorism. If you want to spread anthrax on the metro or port an incendiary backpack, you can apply to the bin Laden organization for funding and technical know-how. Befitting his background as a scion of a Saudia Arabian construction dynasty, bin Laden is a money rather than an ideas man.'
--from Psychogeography: Disentangling the Modern Conundrum of Psyche and Place.