How is it that Ben was able to remain the leader for so many years without ever meeting Jacob. He also tricked Jacob/the island many times.
Was he or wasn't he supposed to kill Alex as a baby Was he breaking the rules by leaving the island? Could he not be banished like Widmore was? We know Ben left the island based on Miles' photo. http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/File:4x02_benlinus_snapshot.jpg
Was Jacob aware of all this and simply using Ben as a pawn? Also, is Richard in on the whole scheme? He must have brought Ben to the cabin to see Jacob, knowing all this time that Jacob was actually at the statue.