Much Ado About A Little Something

Now that Bin Laden is dead, Al-Qaeda has ceased to pose a threat. That’s what Pres. Obama said:

“‘The world is safer,’ Mr. Obama said as he appeared at a White House ceremony bestowing the Medal of Honor to two soldiers killed in the Korean War. ‘It is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden.'”

So that means there’s no more terrorism, right?

“The US has put its embassies around the world on alert, warning Americans of the possibility of al-Qaeda reprisal attacks for Bin Laden’s killing.

CIA director Leon Panetta said al-Qaeda would ‘almost certainly’ try to avenge the death of Bin Laden.

The US president’s chief counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan, said that though weakened, al-Qaeda, remained a danger.

‘It may be a mortally wounded tiger but it still has some life in it,’ he said.”

I see. In other words, Al-Qaeda – and Islamism in general – is way bigger than Bin Laden. He inspired a whole movement that will continue to fight on, probably harder now than they did before. As renowned scholar Fawaz Gerges pointed out, Bin Laden’s death is “more symbolic than concrete”:

“The world had already moved beyond bin Laden and al Qaeda. Operationally al Qaeda’s command and control had been crippled and their top leaders had either been arrested or killed.”

If anything, the organization he built is way bigger now than it was after 9/11. As the Hindu pointed out:

“The stark truth is this: a decade after 9/11, the jihadist movement is more powerful than at any time in the past. The small group bin Laden built in Afghanistan has flowered.

Bin Laden himself, the scholar C. Christine Fair has noted, has emerged as a ‘kind of Che Guevara of the jihadist movement’: an icon important not for the operational role he played, but an inspirational figure who could figure the imaginations of young recruits. Put another way, bin Laden’s death — or, to the faithful, martyrdom — might prove to be his last service for his macabre cause.

Back in 2001, at the perceived peak of its power, the al-Qaeda had a core of just under 200 cadre — 120-odd grouped together in a crack unit, and a small number of foot-soldiers handling logistical work and training. Perhaps a thousand men had graduated from the training camps it ran in Afghanistan, but they were riven by ideological disputation and personal feuds.

For years before them, bin Laden had sought to become the principal leader of the jihadist movement, by developing loose alliances with ideologically affiliated organisations — alliances that were built around personal relationships, and cemented with cash from his coffers.”

That means we can expect more of the Times Square plotter/Underwear bomber-type attempts since the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula are not only still around, but constitutes a greater threat than OBL did before he was killed; especially since the prime motivating issues of Al-Qaeda haven’t changed – add to that the Iraq and Afghan occupations, the latter which continues under Obama on the pretext of stamping out Islamist terror.

I guess that means OBL wasn’t as important as he was made out to be – and his death was way less of a “victory” (whatever that means) than we were told..

So what exactly are we celebrating?

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