The image, caught on home video, is a defining one: a hunched Osama bin Laden, in pathetic, lonely domesticity, with a grey beard and a blanket covering him like a shawl, surveying the television wasteland for images of himself. How banal this epitome of evil turned out to be.
That is why Osama's elimination by US commandos is such a marvellous case study. Start with this question: Was it poetic or divine justice that al-Qaeda's leader, whose group, born in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1988, was fathered by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency and midwifed by the CIA, was finally killed by his figurative creators?
This question leads to two more that are anything but rhetorical: Where, in the end, does the fault for bin Laden's murderous decades lie? And will his death mark the end of global jihadist terrorism?
To be sure, street protests and a chaotic clamour of recrimination have gripped Pakistan, while dire threats float in the internet ether and a bizarre indifference pervades the rest of the Muslim world. But events in the Maghreb and the Middle East seem to demonstrate that the streams of Arab and Muslim political life are flowing away from Osama's murderous messianism.
That is why the crucial test today is what happens tomorrow in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The future of Pakistan, peace in Afghanistan, normalcy in India-Pakistan relations, and economic progress in South Asia all hinge on whether bin Laden's death dilutes extremism and dissolves intolerance or re-concentrates both.
The history of the region's discord is a complex mix of ethnic, territorial, and existential fears, imaginary or real. But now that America's mission in Afghanistan has, at least symbolically, achieved its objectives, a new chapter must open. To persist with the old "reordering" of Afghanistan would be sheer folly, dissipating whatever good might come from the end of Bin Laden's blood-soaked career.
But the United States alone cannot bring peace to the region. A broader regional condominium, involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Russia, and, yes, Iran, must be brought into play.
For this to happen, however, the first step must come from Pakistan. It must now renounce terrorism as an instrument of state policy; stop employing groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba as strategic reserves against India; and abandon aspirations of acquiring overweening influence over the government in Kabul.
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Haven't we learned yet? Obama can't do anything that his puppet masters won't allow him to do. The only reason they killed osama was to bring up favor for Obama, which it only did barely.
As for peace in the middle east, I don't think a thing will change, because for them and for everyone else in the world, killing osama did nothing but waste a life that was already dead. No one can force anyone to change. The change has to be wanted and can never be forced.
Hate cannot be eliminated by hate.
Israel will be attacked by all nations. Hate is functioning everywhere. It has even religious coat of it (replacement theology).
Then Israel will turn to God. And then we will see something else.
Poetic Justice, yes, Devine Justice? Not sure on this one. I do know there is a diference between Providence and Man made right. But in this case I'd say it was pure pay-back, all man made. And deserved for sure.
The idea has to be: to control the oil is to control the masses. So looking like a change of policy. Bin Laden dead and a Marshal Plan for the multi-nationals. Israel is to pretend to the '67 secure borders peace process for awhile till things cool down.
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