Not Just a Figurehead

If President Obama took the huge gamble of raiding Osama bin Laden in his hideout for the sake of justice, it would be hard to argue against it. The question was asked whether this was a mostly symbolic act, or a response to a still-active threat.

Maybe taking out a leader and planner has made the world a little safer…

The number of worldwide terror attacks fell to 10,283 last year, down from 11,641 in 2010 and the lowest since 2005, the State Department reported today.

What’s made the difference? The State Department cites the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members killed last year including Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate and had ties to the underwear bomber plot in 2010.

“The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse,” the report stated.

It only takes one, and everything could change tomorrow. The real answer is to build alliances and discredit the gangs who turn mother’s sons into suicide bombers. You can’t kill an idea, but killing a man who devoted his life to making war can buy time for better ideas to replace an ideology of despair.

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2 responses

  1. Donald Wolberg | Reply

    I wonder at the bizarre test of reality. Counting “terror” attacks by the State Department is kind of a trip to la la land. These are folks who work for an administration that does not count as a terrorist the Islamist killing of 13 unarmed soldiers at Ft. Hood by a Muslim doctor shouting God is Great, I do not think they count the rockets fired into Israel as terrorist either. But this is all beside the point. There really is no statistical difference in going from a less than rigorous 11,641 to 10,283 especially there is no sense of what is defined as a terrorists attack. Mr. Obama’s approval of killing Bin laden is not very significant either. Apparently, as verified in new reports, Mr. Obama could have completed the task on at least two other occasions but declined. Of course it is the intelligence community that tracked the evil Osama, and the Seal Team that finally nailed him. There are evil folks who should not be alive. This particular evil was responsible for the concerted killing of many Americans, and certainly deserved what he finally received. One does not deal with evil: Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini, Eichmann, Mengele, all the Serbo-Croatian and Iranian loonies come to mind as candidates for final judgement.

    1. It wasn’t significant if you leave out the political risk of going into Pakistan and the disastrous consequences if the raid failed– at the least the end of Barack Obama’s chance of re-election, at worst destabilizing the region. But other than that, it was a cakewalk. Makes me wonder why Pres. Bush didn’t get around to it.

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