Unfortunately for the free world, the long-awaited death of Al Qaeda’s leader brings with it no great revelations or seismic shift in world politics and security. Bin Laden’s style of nihilistic ideology does not require him to be breathing in order for it to continue; in fact it may even be nurtured by his long overdue demise, as sympathisers and members of Al Qaida franchises worldwide will likely use his ‘martyrdom’ as yet another excuse for their medieval practices.
So, whilst we will not yet be able to wave farewell to endless queues at airport security, body scanners and ridiculous confiscations of lip-gloss and lighters anytime in the foreseeable future, it is now perhaps even more important than ever for Western leaders to begin joining the dots more effectively than they have done so far.
Curiously, too many of those who were easily able to identify Bin Laden as a threat to their freedoms and values are seemingly unable to recognise the other offshoots of the family tree of the legacies of Mawdudi and Qutb for what they really are, despite the evidence staring them in the face.
The news of Bin Laden’s death brought a rapid and unequivocal condemnation from Hamas.
“We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood,” Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters.”
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