Osama bin Laden Killed Near the Pakistan Border: Now What?

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The news of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attack, shook the World last night!  It was if we had all but given up on finding him and then in a minute he was gunned down by U.S. forces and declared dead!  It was a victory for Americans and their families who lost their lives in 9/11, yet what about the followers of bin Laden?


It has been nearly a (10)-year hunt for Osama bin Laden with leads that always seemed to go, nowhere.  Bin Laden made it through illness and distress, only to flee into hiding when the U.S. was close to finding him.  He was like a ghost, vanishing before he could get caught.


Not this time!  Bin Laden was gunned down in his hideout that looked like a pre-historic cave with splattered blood.  Yet, others say he lived in a mansion that contrasted with rumors that he lived in caves. His followers chose to not believe the news and urged members not to believe the news of his death until it was confirmed online by militant news sources. 


Asad-al-Jihad 2, characterized as a prominent member of the Jihadist internet community, by the monitoring group SITE, acknowledged Osama bin Laden’s death.  Bin Laden’s death that occurred in a compound outside of the Pakistani city of Islamabad, was a dramatic blow to the global militant network that will only temporarily weaken the organization, I fear.


The Jihad have been using online forums for militant Islamists as a means for passing messages from bin Laden and his second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri.  They use these forums as we would use Facebook and Twitter and pass tips on making explosives, discuss methods of attacks or voice their opinions on world events.  The internet gives these terrorists a world community to connect with; a dangerous practice in my opinion.


The war on terrorism and the extreme Islamists who want to destroy Americans way of life and beliefs will continue long after Osama bin Laden.  There have always been evil, destructive groups in the history of our planet, yet our current technology just makes it easier for them to get to us.


What are your thoughts?  Are we safer without Osama bin Laden or not?

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