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Osama Bin Laden Killed, WHOO HOO!

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Osama Bin Laden Killed, WHOO HOO!

Post by SonjaMarie » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 3:17 am

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Re Bin Ladin Dead

Post by Greg » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 4:47 am

Yes it appears to be true, the bogyman of the West has been killed. Now it remains to be seen whether the rest of Al queda either regroups or splinters. Or whether bin Ladin will now serve as an inspirational martyr. Either way it will give the West a much needed boost in moral during a very long war and at least in the short term sow confusion and dismay amongst the Alqueda units and allies.
To those of you now celebrating I remind you of the cost so far and to think of those killed and injured in this conflict at this moment of truimph they too need to be remembered.

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Post by annis » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 6:03 am

I think jubilation should be tempered with caution. The natural response will be increased terror attacks against those regarded as Osama's killers.
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Post by Vanessa » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 9:12 am

Yes, that worries me, Annis. Personally I think the Taliban needs getting rid of.
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Post by Divia » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 9:23 am

I think Osama's death is great. If one can that say. Will it give power to the terrorist well, I guess that remains to be seen. Will they be lost without him? I heard it said that he was handing off power to others long before this and wasnt the one in charge anymore.
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Post by Madeleine » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 10:32 am

As annis says, there is a real danger of reprisals in some form or other. And goodness knows who will replace him, there's bound to be have been some plan formulated in case he got taken out; he was no fool.
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Post by LoveHistory » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 1:03 pm

Zawahiri will take over. He's no spring chicken himself, but he's been the acknowledged brains of the operation for years.

There will be some kind of reprisals. Question is will they choose the martyr angle (which you'd think they would have done already), or will the movement lose some of its luster with the charismatic leader gone?

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Post by wendy » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 2:51 pm

I have British and American flags flying outside my house!
To anyone else who was living in the NY area at the time of 9/11 - at last we have some closure.
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Post by BrianPK » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 8:46 pm

To some extent he was yesterday's man and other ruthless fanatics have been running things for years. Sad to see that a totally innocent human shield was also killed. It's unlikely that al Qaeda will succeed in a revenge "spectacular" this side of the world (at least I hope not) but I really feel sorry for the future innocent victims of the inevitable slaughter which will occur in suicide blasts in Pakistani mosques etc.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon May 2nd, 2011, 8:50 pm

I have Pakistani friends with small children and I'm worried about the tense atmosphere over there.

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