The Death of Osama bin Laden


ben laden.pngThe death of Osama bin Laden is a major event, perhaps more important in its symbolism than in the reality of the end of Al Qaeda and terrorism. Ten years after the attacks in the United States, the "leader" of the group credited with the attacks has been killed by American forces in Pakistan.

Bin Laden had been personified as the head of the Axis of Evil. But, that is to assume that the nebulous network called Al Qaeda was organized in a hierarchical structure as a traditional military organization. It is also to assume that the War on Terror was a traditional war against a traditional enemy who could be overcome by military force.

Amid the chest-pounding satisfaction of the American people that justice has finally been done remains the fundamental question of what drove suicide bombers into the Twin Towers. The root causes of the terrorist acts around the world have been neither identified nor properly dealt with. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a stalemate, with a forthcoming announcement of a Palestinian state in September looming on the horizon.

Two questions about the death: 1) Why now? For ten years US forces unsuccessfully have been tracking bin Laden. It is perplexing that at the same time the US enters the political campaign for the Presidency, at the same time President Obama is changing his Secretary of Defense and head of the CIA, Bin Laden is found. And, he is found in Pakistan just outside Islamabad. Critics will see political motives, especially as President Obama took full credit for the control of the operation as Commander in Chief. What better way to seem presidential just before an election than to have a military victory. Forget unemployment, forget the deficit, I am in charge!

How will this effect terrorism in the future? At the same time the President announced the news, he also warned citizens to be vigilant. It could be that the killing of Bin Laden will set off a wave of terrorist activity as surprising as the recent bombing in Marrakesh. Violence begets violence, and revenge is not limited to only one side.

The War on Terror was a mistake to begin with. If the death of Osama bin Laden ends that War on both sides, whether in reality or symbolically, then so much the better.

May 2, 2011


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  • I absolutely agree that the death of this thug won't resolve terrorism. The signal is however rather important..
    Islamists: religion has always been the tool of tyrants and manipulators throughout history including today as well. There is an interesting side to this that to believe in a God or some supreme spirit of your choice , you have to belong or subscribe to a religion. Fact is you don't. It's like saying if you play golf you have to belong to a particular golf club which is nonsense. But the ignoramuses can't even grasp this elementary consideration..

  • Hi Dan,
    In addition to your two questions, I would be pleased to hear you on another one. Why was the body sunk ?
    To me it seems a mistake to give the impression that the US didn't want to give anybody the possibility to verify that the dead was truly Ben Laden. What is your opinion on this issue. Best regards.Eric

  • Hi Dan,

    my first thought was "good riddance", but how naive are the ones who think that Bin Laden's death will lower the islamic threat, it'll be just worse because the vengence of islamic thugs will be uncontrolable and somehow blind and fearless. This dude got just what he wanted: to die as a martyr, maybe he can get his 70 virgins now ;-)

  • Fully disagree with your short view on the root cause of the terrorisme !

    The Islamists terrorits are fighting all around the world in the name of G. and
    religion against the unfaithful.

    What terrorism in Russia, India , Nigeria , Philipine , Irak , China, Yemen,
    Somalia, Indonesia, Lybia, Algeria, Morocco has to do with Israeli Palestinian conflict

    Even if you solve the Israeli Palestinian conflits . The Islamic terrorism will NEVER END.

  • Dear ones,

    There is a french saying that says:"Il y a anguille sous roche" in this story,
    which means that there is a hiding serpent under a rock, in this matter. When we go back to the "Blog articles of" you can read an article under the statement in french"On ne meurt que deux fois" This article states that the death of Binladen is situated many years ago already, where he died with lungs complications. How can people believe that the public enemy No. 1 has been killed with no real proof to be seen and given to them. Unless the public can see a video or a picture or any real proof of the death of Binladen, there is no way they can believe this scenario, maybe organized just before important elections....this is the question. If our "boys" never found him for about ten long years, this is maybe because he already passed away many years ago...! I am very skeptic about this annoncement, sorry...!

  • he is not dead it the third time i hear dis fukin story
    Obama wants elections

  • Whatever happens, the world is undoubtedly a better place without Osama. I think even liberals can agree with that. The only thing I fear now is reprisal attacks from Al Qaeda and all the various other terrorist organizations out there.

    Max Gentry

  • Islamic terrorism will never end, what Al Quaeda and other bearded misfits want is Sharia applied all over the World, Ossama was just the king on the checkboard, a worldwide checkboard with thousands pawns.

  • Dear Eric,

    Many thanks for the question. From the US perspective, any trial would have been very difficult for numerous reasons. However, in terms of justice, a trial is a trial and the rule of law is the rule of law. A tough call, but I would have preferred a trial.

    Best regards,

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