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El Pais, Spain

Obama 'Decapitates' the al-Qaeda Hydra

 

"He who opposed the Iraq War has given the global war on terror its crowning achievement by decapitating the head of the Hydra - that of the defiant leader of mega-terror. What Bush didn't know how to do or couldn't achieve, has been accomplished by a Nobel Peace Prize winner as young as he is controversial."

 

 

Translated By Jason Ross

 

May 2, 2011

 

Spain - El Pais - Original Article (Spanish)

Front page of El Pais shows Americans in Times Square, New York, bursting into spontaneous joy upon hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden, May 2.

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These are strange times of fast moving and contradictory paradoxes. After several sad months lacking in global leadership and strength from Washington, the United States and its president, Barack Obama, have been propelled into a moment of maximum prestige and the vindication of U.S. might. He who opposed the Iraq War has given the global war on terror its crowning achievement by decapitating the head of the Hydra - that of the defiant leader of mega-terror. What Bush didn't know how to do or couldn't achieve, has been accomplished by a Nobel Peace Prize winner as young as he is controversial. Just hours after Qaddafi was at the point of being wiped out by a NATO air strike, it was Washington that moved ahead, carrying out this most daring and effective example of military intelligence and the capacity for action.

 

Just hearing the news triggered an explosion of American pride. That is perfectly understandable given that the liquidation of the Saudi mega-killer signifies the removal of a thorn in Washington's side, and the fact that the date of September 11 first signalled U.S. vulnerability in the form of a colossal attack on its two capitals - the political and the economic. People had already gathered at the gates of the White House before Obama addressed the nation to explain how he personally gave the order to end the terrorist's life, and how he was killed by a small team of American agents inside Pakistani territory.

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The domestic impact of this historic news is obvious. Everything has changed in the 2012 presidential race, which has yet to commence. The image of the president has been reinforced, thanks to an action that impacts national security, a cornerstone for any politician with aspirations toward widespread support. Don't forget that doubts over his capacity to perform with the instinct and experience to ensure the safety of Americans arose within his own Democratic ranks. That is now over. From this moment on, Obama's political capital will be immense. And that's without accounting for the grief of the victims and their relatives, which were appropriately recalled in the president's speech. [See video below].

 

 

The elimination of the most significant criminal in the 21st century will also have extraordinary international repercussions. The defeat of Jihadism can now be heard. After the tremendous setbacks and suffering across the Arab world, it hasn't been bin Laden's crimes or his cult of death that has brought about regime change, but the decisive action of the most Westernized and liberal young people. Obama's decision has the dual benefits of decapitating the first global terrorist organization and holding up an act of justice that clearly exemplifies to all of bin Laden's followers what awaits those who wish to continue down the same road.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran: Obama Seeks to 'Vindicate Bush'
Outlook Afghanistan: U.S. Must Pursue Mullah Omar as it did bin Laden
Pak Tribune, Pakistan: Senators Call U.S. Operation a Breach of Sovereignty
Frontier Post, Pakistan: Osama Episode Puts Safety of Nuke Assets in Peril
El Pais, Spain: Obama 'Decapitates' the al-Qaeda Hydra
Folha, Brazil: Bin Laden's 'Second Death'
Folha, Brazil: Death Won't Kill Osama's Violent Ways or Speech
Dawn, Pakistan: The Urgent Importance of Showing 'Mutual Respect'
The Independent, U.K.: Killing of bin Laden 'Huge Blow' to Islamist Terror
The Telegraph, U.K.: OBITUARY: Osama bin Laden
Telegraph, U.K.: Taliban Commander Vows to Avenge bin Laden's Death
Guardian, U.K.: Hamas Praises bin Laden as Holy Warrior
Telegraph, U.K.: Death of bin Laden is Rough Justice, Wild West-Style
Dawn, Pakistan:
Pakistanis Hold Rally in Honor of bin Laden
Dawn, Pakistan: Pakistan Asks U.S. Envoy to Avoid bin Laden 'Spin'

Xinhua. China: Six Children and Two Wives of bin Laden Arrested By Pakistan
Daily Star, Lebanon: Prime Minister Hariri: 'Bin Laden Got What He Deserved'

Daily Star, Lebanon: Lebanese Muslim Preachers Hail Osama for U.S. Attack

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US May 2, 5:28pm]

 







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