THUMBS UP! AL-QAEDA TAKEN DOWN. It took nearly 10 years and two wars — one excruciatingly long and frustrating war, and other misguided and unnecessary — but Osama Bin Laden and a number of important Al-Qaeda leaders have been eliminated. And while the hate-filled ideologies of this band of terrorists may live on, the organization itself it just about dead. Call it justice, vengeance or whatever you like, the world is better off because the U.S. is winning the war against terrorism.