Well, the Allies never did get Hitler. It is unlikely that killing him once the war was underway would have stopped the war. Nazism had taken hold of the German nation and had its own momentum.

Here’s what leading Democrats are saying, according to Fox News:

Democratic Rep. Jane Harman said the tape is a reminder that bin Laden is still at large four years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“We haven’t been able to find him. Part of the reason is because we’ve been bogged down in Iraq,” Harman said in a joint appearance with Hoekstra on FOX.

Democratic Sen. John Kerry said the emergence of a new tape reflects the fundamental problems that the Bush administration faces in the fight against terrorism, including an insufficient effort to commit American troops.

“It underscores the failure of this administration to capture him,” Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Killing Osama won’t stop radical Islam’s war on us, either. It may even intensify as more Muslim fanatics try to avenge Osama’s death. Osama is hiding out in the tribal border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. America could flush him out with a full scale invasion of that region. But surely Harman and Kerry aren’t recommending that course of action. The costs would be prohibitive. Pakistan, nuclear-armed Pakistan, would be dangerously destabilized by such an action. Thousands of tribal people would die as they took up futile arms against US forces. The US would be making exactly the same mistake as the Soviets made in Afghanistan. If we can’t get Osama by the covert methods currently being employed, then we are doing the next best thing by keeping him bottled up and out of touch. His periodic tapes simply serve to remind us that we are still at war with radical Islam.