Bin Laden Dead, more to come?

May 02 2011

Bin Laden Dead, more to come?

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In light of the glorious and victorious news of the death of Bin laden there are many things to consider. First is the response of his death. State side this is the uplifting news that has brought closure to many individuals who has lost someone in the 9/11 attacks. Being someone who has lost a member of my family, there are no words I can really express. Words don’t seem to do it justice. As flocks of people gathered in centralized areas like NYC, Washington D.C. and Boston Massachusetts it gave us just a taste of the unity and sense of community we all felt on that horrific day. Obama praised “the people who gathered spontaneously at the White House and in New York to celebrate bin Laden’s death, saying that it embodied the true spirit and patriotism of America”.  The DNA tested was above a 99.9 % meaning that the man killed was in fact Osama bin Laden. The White house is now debating whether or not they should release photos of the body since the body was buried at seat and within Islamic religious rule. Anonymity is crucial in the unveiling of the planned attack on Osama’s compound. There have already been vows of revenge form a top al-Qaida ideologue. Postings on an extremist website say that “the Islamic holy war against the West is far from over”. “woe to his enemies. By God, we will avenge the killing of the Sheik of Islam. Those who wish that jihad has ended or weakened, I tell them: Let us wait a little bit”. Though it is suspected that much of the day-to-day running of this terrorist organization, Osama still stands as a figure head, one that instills and inspires jihadists all around. Such belief in him is exemplified further from the extremist website that goes on to say, “Which country managed to attack the pentagon? Which countries managed to send the most powerful country in the world to decline? The one who did that is a nation called Osama bin Laden.” The faith and support of such a figure will undoubtedly cause counteraction on their part.

Issues from the CIA director Leon Panetta have been warned to Americans worldwide, “though Bin Laden is dead, al Qaedais not. The terrorists will almost certainly will attempt to avenge him, and we must remain vigilant and resolute.”. However I wonder if the phrase, revenge is a dish best served cold applies here. al-Qaida will know we are anticipating an attack and will be more attuned to odd behavior. Do you think they will bide their time? Or is the anger so strong towards us that they will act as fast as possible.

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