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'BIN LADEN GUARANTEES THE REELECTION OF OBAMA'

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El Pais, Spain

After bin Laden: West Must Reflect on its Methods of Self-Defense

 

"It's now up to the West to clean up the negative and illegal aspects of its self-defensive reaction to jihad. It has failed to defend the human rights of those jailed or detained, if only temporarily. While the fear of terrorism, outpouring of hysteria and sense of exceptionalism that resulted are understandable, they aren't feasible in the long term."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Anthony Figueroa

 

May 4, 2011

 

Spain - El Pais - Original Article (Spanish)

President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero, May 5. Is it time for the U.S. and the developed world to stop fighting terrorists with the tactics of terrorists?

 

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The physical disappearance of Osama bin Laden should also lead to the disappearance of the political disasters he created, as well as those he provoked. The central contribution of the al-Qaeda leader to the history of world depravity is the transformation of terrorism into the backbone of a new type of massive and devastating warfare. Its only opponent is civil society and its chief victims are anonymous, defenseless citizens, Western and non-Western, Muslim and Christian. But that's not all: The cynical manipulation of weak, corrupt and non-viable states; his emergence as a political actor in an underground crime network - or rather a criminal franchise using religion as a cloak - and his attempt to enshrine his fanatical beliefs under international law, are just a few of his other contributions.

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Muslims were the first to bury bin Laden's legacy, even before his death. This is the story of the Arab revolutions. Inspired by democratic principles, these are the antithesis of the theocratic and dictatorial doctrine preached by the al-Qaeda founder. It's now up to the West to clean up the negative and illegal aspects of its self-defensive reaction to jihad. It has failed to defend the human rights of those jailed or detained, if only temporarily. While the fear of terrorism, outpouring of hysteria and sense of exceptionalism that resulted are understandable, they aren't feasible in the long term.

 

The United States, particularly under George W. Bush, declared a permanent state of global emergency and legalized the use of torture, extraterritorial prisons and illegal wars. America should reflect on the fact that the successful operation against bin Laden developed after these political principles died out. And, likely as a result of the Bush approach, Guantanamo has done more to discredit democracy than to help it achieve victory.

 

Precise knowledge of what happened in Pakistan will help us determine just how scrupulous Obama has been using the legitimate methods democracies have at their disposal to fight their enemies. The Americans can no longer adhere to the principle that the end justifies the means.

 

And yet, it would be difficult to deny that the U.S. is legitimately and legally involved in a defensive war against al-Qaeda. The United Nations recognized this fact in its resolution immediately after September 11. The command that ultimately killed bin Laden was part of this authority. And while the jihadists have sought to blur the lines between bin Laden's assassination and military action, between the state and this religious "mafia," between transgressions and respect, no sane person would buy into that game. The questioning of the legitimacy of one's actions is the first imperative of a liberal culture.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
News, Switzerland: The Pope and the Terrorist: Two Misguided Beatifications
Tagesspiegel, Germany: Osama Photo Issue - Obama's Morally Superior to Bush
The Nation, Pakistan: Afghan Official Asserts: 'Osama Blew Himself Up'
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Finally, It's Beginning of the End for al-Qaeda
Al-Seyassah, Kuwait: Osama Now Being Licked by the 'Hottest Flames in Hell'
Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, France: Osama's Photo: 'The Impossible Truth'
Der Spiegel, Germany: Donald Trump and the 2012 'Campaign of Lunacy'
Excelsior, Mexico: Obama Quiets 'Right-Wing Witch Hunters' ... for Now
Izvestia, Russia: Osama bin Laden: From Abbottabad to Hollywood
Frontier Post, Pakistan: U.S. Raid Exposes Pakistan's 'Unnerving Vulnerability'
Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia: Osama Died, But those Who Gain from Terror War Live
Dar al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia: Osama and His Whole Way of Thinking - are Dead
Daily Jang, Pakistan: Operation Against Osama Spells Trouble for Pakistan
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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