Unfortunately, al-Jazeera has just broadcast a videotape of bin Laden in which the al-Qaeda leader among other things references recent events. If it makes anybody feel any better, he doesn't look like he's had plastic surgery, which is one of the things that I had been informed had taken place.
In any case, the failure of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden to date should not be seen as a reason to despair in the war on terrorism. If anything, it should only be viewed as a reason as to why the war should continue.
Hopefully, we can all agree on at least that much.