Thoughts on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

by Daniel Pipes

 

Bin Laden was just one part of al-Qaeda, which is just a part of the Islamic-terrorist effort, which is just a part of the Islamist movement — so the announcement of his death tonight by the U.S. government makes little operational difference. The war on terror has not fundamentally changed, much less been won.

But because bin Laden symbolized Islamic terror, his taunting presence via video and audio recordings for nearly ten years after 9/11 energized his allies and frustrated his enemies. Conversely, his execution by U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan, gives Americans pride in their country, encourages the security and intelligence organizations, and is a body blow to Islamists.