"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."
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
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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.
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