First of all, congratulation to President Obama, the CIA, and the US military for what they did yesterday.
I think Osama Bin Laden’s death marks the end of an era in the Arab world. With the successful changes in Egypt and Tunisia, the revolts in Syria, Libya, etc. we are seeing that change is happening in the Arab world without Islamic fundamentalists leading the way or in fact, in spite of them. Fundamentalists never make up the majority of a population and it is no more the case in the West as it is in the Arab world. The kids in the streets of Cairo have a different agenda than the maniacs that hijacked commercial jets ten years ago.
And while I hesitate to celebrate the death of a human being, this bastard had it coming. Even Amnesty International called him a criminal. “Osama Bin Laden took credit for and supported acts around the world which amounted to crimes aganist humanity. He also inspired others to commit grave human rights abuses,” said Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International.
Osama Bin Laden distorted his own religion to further his ambitions; these were not the actions of a religious man, they were the actions of a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur. He needed to be put down like a rabid animal but with far less sympathy. Will this make the world safer, who knows? But al-Qaeda has now lost its financier and charismatic leader. They may bite back but the head has been cut off the snake.
The future is happening now and it has passed Bin Laden and his fellow fanatics by. The oppressed masses in the Arab world have chosen another path for rebellion and it is not what Bin Laden envisioned for them. It is what they want for themselves.