Osama Bin Laden is Dead. Now What?

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On May 2nd 2011, we received news that Osama Bin Laden was killed by a US operation in Pakistan. It has been confirmed that the person killed in the fire fight was indeed Osama Bin Laden. His son was also amongst those killed.

This is a very happy news for all the world. For 10 years now, the world has been searching for this man. He was rumoured to be dead many times but nothing was confirmed. Finally, on May 2nd, his death was confirmed. This is news for the entire world to celebrate.

Al-Qaeda and its affiliates have been spreading terror all over the world. Terrorism was no longer affecting the USA alone. Madrid, Mumbai, Istanbul, Bali, London and so many other places were attacked by the Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. The killing of Bin Laden is going to be a big blow to the morale of the terrorists. After all, their sheikh had died.

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Image via Wikipedia

This is not a blow to Al-Qaeda alone, but to so many other terrorist organizations. Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, HizbulMujahideen, JemaahIslamiyah and others have found themselves without a mentor.

The world is celebrating. Americans come out to streets to celebrate. All news channels all around the world are beaming footage of 9/11 and are discussing the life of Bin Laden.

But then maybe, we are celebrating a bit too early.

The death of Bin Laden is a blow to terrorism, but it hasn’t killed terrorism completely. Osama’s second in command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri is alive and well and is most likely to lead the organization now. He is just as dangerous as Bin Laden.

Bin Laden’s death is going to spark rage amongst many fundamentalist youth and they are most likely going to pick up arms and conduct terrorism. Bin Laden’s death is going to be a boost for new recruits. They may not attack immediately. But over the years, they may attack. And their reason could very well be the death of Osama Bin Laden. Terrorists suddenly have a new reason to kill people.

Al-Qaeda is very much in existence. There are sleeper cells of Al-Qaeda all over the world. They still exist. Terrorists today are like earthworms, you cut them up, they’ll still live.

And it is not only about Al-Qaeda now. There are other terrorist organizations who consider Bin Laden as their mentor and support. Their anger will translate into action in the form of terrorism.

When you consider all this, I wonder what exactly we are celebrating for.

Copyright © 2011 AshwathKomath

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