Osama Bin Laden Killed

Reports of Osama Bin Laden’s death this week have been cause for celebration and much relief for many around the globe this week. Bin Laden was reported as having been found and killed by US Ground Forces in a mansion in Northern Pakistan this week. The search for the architect of the 9/11 bombings has spanned over 10 years and cost the US thousands and thousands of dollars and manpower in the ‘war on terror’. His vendetta against the West historically transformed US Foreign Policy and international security across the world for over a decade. Bin Laden’s capture ends a tireless search in what President Obama calls ‘A significant achievement for the US’ in the war on terrorism.

Bin Laden’s death raises many questions about the Pakistani government’s involvement with Taliban leaders and their connections with Al Qaeda, something that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had publicly commented on, this time last year. Strained relations between Pakistan and the US will now be thrown into the spotlight, as inquiries will be launched to investigate who has been responsible for concealing Bin Laden’s whereabouts for the entire duration of the manhunt. Although many have been quick to turn Bin Laden’s death into a Republican/Democrat partisan trophy, the fact remains; a impassioned unit of believers now without their leader are quite unlikely to give up on their ‘great commission’ without him. Certainly nurtured by their founder, there is no doubt that over the last decade for it’s insiders, Al Qaeda’s belief system has taken on a life of it’s own. As evidenced by ethnic population waves in Europe, such expressions of jihad and religious extremism are no longer limited to membership with Al Qaeda, having decentralized itself geographically and organizationally. Global Jihad has gained more followers since the turn of the millennium than at any other time previously since the group’s inception; it should shock no-one that Al Qaeda’s motives are not to disband but to simply change tactics. The question remains, how will the West recalibrate it’s plans to defeat Al Qaeda and on a wider scale, extremist terrorism as a whole?

No Americans were killed in this week’s reported mission to capture Bin Laden at the Abottabad compound.

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2 comments
  1. David Adeola said:

    Not sure whether to rejoice or not! While I’m happy this evil man has been eliminated from the surface of the earth for all the evil and deaths of many lives and the effects of this acts of murder on many close relatives and families, would I as a Christian have prayed or imagined that he was saved by the grace of God! A question every christian should ponder on!!! Eze 18:32 “For I have no delight in the death of him who dies, says the Lord Jehovah. Therefore turn and live.”

  2. Diane Fernandez said:

    Hindsight being a beautiful thing, I’ve done some reading about the apparent schism in Islam. Knowing quite a few Muslims made me wonder what was going on in their belief system, and whether there was anything could be done internally to dissuade the extremists from their path. My reading leads me to believe that the structural deficit in Islam goes all the way back to the death of Muhammad, when he left no leadership in place. The internal battles that commenced almost immediately upon his death have taken on new life with the dearth of leadership in the Middle East, such that hatred among the assorted branches of the religion has been turned outward: if another nation has dealings with one branch, that nation is, by definition, an enemy of the others.

    Pondering the history of Christianity alongside this, I do wonder, given that Islam is give-or-take 600 years younger, if the “crusades” being waged by radical Muslims aren’t creepily parallel to those in Christianity’s history; and whether we’re facing an equivalent number of years of extremism. From a 21st century perspective, it’s hard to believe this could be so. Coming from a culture in which the separation of church and state is a given, we have no frame of reference for this kind of lawless behavior that values no life except that of a fellow Muslim from one’s own sect. Given no meeting ground, resolution doesn’t seem likely. Is our only choice to let this play out? Kill or be killed?

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