Posted by on May 02, 2011 in Blog
As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the horrific attacks of 9/11, the death of Osama bin Laden represents an important milestone for the U.S. in its war against al Qaeda. While nothing can adequately address the pain of people who have lost loved ones—whether here or abroad—bin Laden’s death is justice served.
Bin Laden was the leader of a movement that has, for years, been responsible for terrible crimes committed against not only Americans, but also thousands of Arabs and Muslims worldwide. Indeed as President Obama noted, “The United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.”
While al Qaeda remains a serious worldwide threat, we are mindful that their ideology—embodied in bin Laden—is increasingly failing. Our challenge now is to develop an effective strategy against this terrorist clique that has metastasized into a larger and more diffuse movement whose recruiters still prey off alienation and anger at the West.