It's incredibly easy to deceive yourself into thinking the rest of the world is just like the States. I'm sorry, but it's not. There are thousands of American fugitives hiding in the US right now, speaking english and carrying out relationships with their family members and our government still cannot find them. Now if it's that easy for our own citizens to hide, it's far easier for a guerilla leader to hide in populations that support his cause. And my whole point is that if Osama was a strategically placed enemy figurehead, he was strategically placed so that he could be triumphantly removed.
I never said that al-Qaeda would crumble with his defeat. I said he was not a pawn o puppet of the US. He was a genuine enemy, a true figurehead of the opposition, and every moment he was alive he stood as a symbol to our enemies of American weakness. It doesn't matter whether or not he was the general of a carefully organized hierarchy, or practically useless celebrity. A war is both physical and psychological and his execution was a major psychological victory for the US.