Bin Laden is Dead, Now What?

Posted on May 2, 2011

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ERIN CARSON

A lot of the chatter on Twitter, Facebook, and news stations has been centered on Bin Laden’s death being the end of the War on Terror, but we can’t make these swift assumptions. Although this is a joyous and historic moment for America, we’re still unsure of the implications of this victory.


(Courtesy of Charles Scudder)

As many have said, the problem with fighting al-Qaeda and groups like them is that when one leader is killed, there are 10 more ready to take his place.

I hate to be a pessimist, but Bin Laden was not living in this compound/ mansion by himself. He has a network of devoted followers that will likely Martyr him.

The Egyptian-born Aman Al Zawarhi will likely succeed Bin Laden, and he has apparently been the brains behind many operations by al Qaeda.


(Courtesy of al Jazeera)

Terrorism analyst Peter Bergen called him Bin Laden’s “number 2” and said he was his closest advisor.

Some fear that a large-scale retaliation has been set in motion, but as I said, we don’t need to jump to any conclusions.

As an American, I’m proud of the demonstrations and the outpouring of nationalism; but as a realist, I’m hoping we aren’t just setting ourselves up for disappointment. There have been rallies and celebrations, but we still have a long road ahead of us before we know what this means in the grand scheme of things. It is obviously a very big emotional victory. And hopefully it will be as big of a strategic victory.

(Feature Photo Courtesy of ABC)

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