Mario Puzo Could Have Scripted the Bin Laden Hit

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Osama Bin Laden The Atlantic's Associate Editor For The Insertion of Gratuitous Godfather References Into Blogs, Justin Miller, points out that the Bin Laden hit -- that is, after all, what it was -- has many hallmarks of a gangland slaying, apart from the fact that the killing represented the climax of a vendetta (not that there's anything wrong with that). Miller also notes that Bin Laden was shot in the head, following Clemenza's advice to Michael Corleone: "You come out blastin' and don't take any chances -- two shots in the head." He also notes that the al Qaeda equivalent of a moll, which is to say, Wife Number Four, was with him when he died, in the manner of Philip Tattaglia's death at the end of Godfather One. And of course, Bin Laden was "buried at sea" to sleep with the fishes in a "weighted bag," the Navy equivalent of cement shoes. Which raises the question, Will the U.S. be sending Ayman al-Zawahiri a bulletproof vest with a dead fish inside?

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