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Dar al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia

Bin Laden and His Whole Way of Thinking - is Dead


"The Arab revolutions have a different lexicon. They demand pluralism, the transfer of power, transparency and respect for differing opinions. They want to belong to the modern world and participate in building it. Their demands are from a lexicon that stands in stark contrast to that of bin Laden."


By Ghasan Charbel


Translated By Jenny Oliver


May 3, 2011


Saudi Arabia - Dar Al-Hayat - Original Article (Arabic)

A man from Pakistan's Jamatut Dawa Party cries at a funeral service for Osama bin Laden in Karachi, May 3.

AL-JAZEERA NEWS: Live coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden.RealVideo

George Bush was longing for this moment. To stand before the American people and the world, and declare that America had killed the man who brought down the Twin Towers. Bush had managed to take out the Taliban, the regime which had refused to hand over custody of their guest, Osama bin Laden. And without any convincing justification, he was able to take out Saddam Husseinís government, and he then watched Husseinís corpse swing to and fro. And he dreamt of that third big kill. Empires are like individuals, in that they need revenge in order to cleanse their wounds. But luck and time were not on his side. It was Barack Obama's fortune to appear before the world for the big announcement. Another president had other methods. And who knows, time may show that Obama, because of his ability to take out regimes and governments, is more dangerous than Bush and bin Laden put together!


A decade ago, Osama bin Laden rocked the world and brought the war to America. He targeted the symbols of American success and prestige in New York and Washington. The entire world stood dumbstruck as they watched the twin attacks. America emerged wounded from that day and launched her massive military machine, demonstrating an unprecedented capacity to strike - and to make mistakes.


America can only defeat an enemy whose address is known. Bin Laden, a stubborn rival with no address, wore out the United States. He may be in a cave, or he may be in a house, and nothing seemed to lead to him. He didn't use the phone or the Internet. Fighting him was harder than fighting a ghost. Every time the Americans tried to close in on him, they came up empty handed. At the same time, the man proved very expensive. Enormous sums of money were spent to improve security at airports, ports, and embassies throughout the U.S., the West and Western-friendly countries. He was also expensive for the world that he created [the Arab world], which eventually declared its desire to lift the injustice he brought.


Bin Laden had lost the battle before he was killed. He lost it in Saudi Arabia where he attempted to destabilize the country. His fiercely confrontational approach, with all of its dimensions in terms of security and intellectual and religious thought, reduced the popularity of the man. He became isolated by a way of thinking that stemmed from despair, frustration and extremism. He also lost his battle in Pakistan, where he had dreamed of changing the nature and situation of the government - his only victory being that the countryís intelligence services turned a blind eye to him.


In recent months, bin Laden suffered major losses that showed how isolated al-Qaeda had become. Protesters in Tunis held up no photos of him and his photo went unseen in Cairoís Tahrir Square. Protesters in Yemen and Libya never attempted to associate themselves with him. The Arab revolutions and protests have a different lexicon. They demand pluralism, the transfer of power, transparency and respect for differing opinions. They want to belong to the modern world and participate in building it. Their demands are from a lexicon that stands in stark contrast to that of bin Laden. Bin Laden tried to burn away the line of contact between Muslims and the West, and he achieved a certain degree of success, especially among the ranks of certain communities. But the winds of the previous months have demonstrated the desire of Arabs and Muslims for freedom, dignity and advancement, as well as their longing to belong to the modern age, rather than resigning from it. ††



The killing of Bin Laden doesn't mean the end of al-Qaeda, nor does it mean the end of terrorism. It might be considered an important incident in the battle of symbols, and it emphasizes the principle of punishing the perpetrator, whoever it may be. But the battle against terrorism will remain. Eradicating the roots of terrorism requires a battle against injustice, poverty, marginalization - and occupation. It requires freedom, unhindered prospects, development, reform and participation. Perhaps that is why Obama may turn out to be more aggressive than Bush and more dangerous than bin Laden.


Osama Bin Laden has come and gone. He was suicide bomber in thought, method and language. He kindled fires in this capital and that, and ended up setting himself alight. His comrades may try to avenge his death, but that wonít change the fact that he is a closed chapter. Osama WAS here.


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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