On such a historical occassion as the death of Osama bin Laden, the most renowned terrorist who ever lived as yet, I would be remiss not to write a post. I will however, attempt to add a bit of a different view than the traditional. I will attempt to be apolitical here as hard as that is for me. There is much to say about exactly what policies led to this success and who was for or against those policies. For the purpose of this article I will leave that to your individual imaginations.
First, congratulations to President Obama, the Navy Seals, and all men and women in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, as well as all of the intelligence personnel of our government. This is a historic achievement and at the very least sends the message to all of our enemies that no matter how long it takes, no matter what party rules, no matter how hard a country tries to hide you, you will be found and you will be killed. You cannot hide from the righteous justice of the United States military, God Bless them all! (unless you are a Libyan dictator, a Palestinian 'militant', a Syrian tyrant, an Iranian crazed anti-Semite or a North Korean nuclear mad man)
The death of Osama bin Laden has yet to be understood in terms of the war on radical Islamic jihad which has been going on for 1400+ years, not a decade. It is possible that the organizational capabilities will be severely diminished due to a power struggle amongst several of the senior al Qaeda members. This could result in a coming period of relative peace in the Western democracies in the short term. This could especially be true if the intelligence apparatuses of these democracies takes advantage of this transitional period to redouble efforts to turn assets to our advantage and seek out and take down cells across the world. It is also possible, however, that the transition was already anticipated and might have even already begun which could result in an even greater effort on the part of the enemy as a means of revenging their martyr. This would most certainly result in a brief but substantial rise in terrorists attacks, worldwide. In either case there will be attempts. The proof will be in how organized, funded and precisely implemented they are.
In a longer view, it will be very interesting to see how this plays out politically. Certainly, the propagandist media will bask in the glory of Obama for having pulled off what George W. couldn't. In the first few days it will be incessant. However, after a while they are going to realize that they are tacitly expressing the view that the war on terrorism was right, was necessary and was and still is, being waged militarily not diplomatically. This is anathema to the liberals in the main stream media and it will be interesting to see how they reconcile their true anti-military views with their love for all things Obama. Furthermore, the Obama re-election team most assuredly will attempt to use this for political gains in the upcoming election. However, their base is vehemently against the war on terror, hence the administrations insistance to not even use the term. Balancing the bragadocious necessity with the inherent duplicity will be fun to watch. Finally from a long term perspective this event could possibly be seen historically as what gave this administration the cover to go ahead and do what they really want to do; get out of Afghanistan. If they do so, it will be close to the 2012 election so as not to leave time for the results of this move to be realized on the ground in Afghanistan, for it will most assuredly lead to chaos, fighting and the eventual return of the Taliban to power.
As a final aside for entertainment purposes only. I can't wait to see all of the conspiracy theories that will evolve from this event. It is going to be fun! Osama is alive and living in Tampa! CIA provided surgeon for Osama makeover! Osama death is cover for next '9/11' attack by our government! Osama's Israeli mistress was informant that nailed him! Osama and Obama have beer summit in Kenya! LOL...this will keep the internet whack jobs busy for decades to come. This will make JFK look like a simple math problem. At least I can have a laugh while my country disintegrates around me. Priceless!
by: Keith D. Rodebush