If, in fact Bin Laden is linked to this crime and Afghanistan refuses to turn him over to us, should we declare war on them? On one hand, it would be more effective than trying to simply seek the normal course of criminal justice. He is already guilty for the Cole attack and we didnt do anything to him for that. So we owe him for both that and the embassy bombings that he coordinated. On the other hand, in a war situation its inevitable that we are going to kill innocent civilians. I believe our military is the best in the world, and will try their very best to avoid civilian hits, but lets face it if we go to war there are definitely going to be some civilian casualties. Do we really want justice or do we also want revenge/retribution? The only language these terrorists know is violence, they wont respond to anything else. We cant stop them from attacking us, but we can try to disrupt their organization as much as possible. If all we want is justice, that means that we really cant do anything to the perpetrators unless we get very lucky and are able to catch them outside of a Middle Eastern nation. The best way to handle this is to make sure we are pretty confident that it is who we think it is, and them hit them with everything we got (except nukes). I think we need to look at this as a state of war, and not just a criminal investigation. I'm reminded of a quote that I saw scribed on one of the walls of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City a few days after the attack in 1995: "Justice... A nation expects it, The victims cry for it, and God DEMANDS IT!"