He will continue to live as a potent symbol. There’s no question that he’s going to have an enduring appeal for a number of people — not just perhaps radical Muslims but other groups that will follow the template that al-Qaida created — that’s my main concern. Bin Laden is dead. Al-Qaida, eventually, will die. But the model that al-Qaida has created of an asymmetric terror group that has enormous consequences in the world well beyond the size of the group — that’s going to endure. Other groups are going to try and follow that model.
— Lawrence Wright on the legacy of Osama Bin Laden.