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McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The following editorial will appear in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday, May 3.
For almost 10 years, The Kansas City Star editorial board has been holding a prepared obituary for Osama bin Laden. It was updated on occasion as events warranted. Finally, the version crafted by former editorial board member Bill Tammeus, written on behalf of the board, may be published:
The death of Osama bin Laden means the end of an evil man, not the demise of the evil ideas that drove him.
His twisted version of Islam still infects the hearts and minds of extremists around the globe. They see terrorism as a legitimate tool to further their political and religious ends because they pledge allegiance to bin Laden's contorted thinking, paranoid dreams and dangerous theology.
So any relief Americans feel about the death of bin Laden _ and there is great relief _ must be tempered by the realization that his ideas live on, at least for now.