nytimes: Osama bin Laden has been killed, a United States official said Sunday night. President Obama is expected to make an announcement on Sunday night, almost 10 years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The above report less than ten minutes ago- as the world wide web now begins to absorb this breaking information.
As of yet no exact cause of how Bin Laden was taken (preliminary reports have it was at the hands of a small US covert operative that had inside leads), but the White House has released a statement that President Obama will be making a special presentation to the nation to discuss matters.
Of course this immediately raises questions as to how the US and the coalition will continue its offense in the mid-east, if they will pull out, whether the Taliban will seek mediation and most importantly if the nation can try to put some sort of bitter sweet closure to the affairs that led to Sept 11, 2001 that obliterated for a day a nation’s spirit and resolve.
theglobalandmail: While his death is a victory for the anti-terror crusade by the U.S. and its allies, it’s unlikely his demise will end the now-fractured network of terror cells that reaches across the world.
Counter-terror experts have noted al-Qaeda has grown into a more fragmented movement, its violent ideas having been franchised over to local allies who can operate without a central, larger-than-life figurehead leader.
But to put it simply can one man’s death, re arrange the sordid dichotomies of world affairs or is there someone new that we now ought to be concerned about?