Behind the speculations about the death of the most notorious terrorist, one cannot but help to wonder about the consequences of his death. During a speech in the White House earlier on, President Barack Obama highlighted that the world is a safer place after bin Laden was eliminated, but experts on terrorism are already questioning that statement. The elimination of bin Laden will most probably lead to radicalization and even mobilization amongst the most extremist Islamic factions and hatred towards the West and theUSin particular will escalate.
National governments all over the world, as well as the Interpol, are already warning for highest levels of terrorist threat. British PM David Cameron has said earlier on that the UKneeds to be “particularly vigilant”. At the same time, recommendations for tightened security measures have been made. The death of Bin Laden does not necessarily equal destabilization and paralysis of the powerful terrorist network, which he has managed to establish through the years. As much he was the symbolic embodiment of the Islamist jihad, his death will not lead to the collapse of Al Qaeda andnational governments should be more cautious and prepared than ever. The death of bin Laden will have nothingbut a symbolic impact, just like the death of PLO leader Yasser Arafat had in 2004. It rekindled the sparkle of the pan-Arab sentiment, and it did not end the Palestinian aspirations for state legitimacy and unification, just like bin Laden’s death will not end Al Qaeda’s fanatic ambitions for destruction of the West and theUS in particular.
Bin Laden’s death is a logical outcome of the war on terror, which a group of neo-conservatives, lead by George Bush
II started in 2002 as a response to 9/11. Since then,Americahas extended the scope of its enemies and has deployed the murky and illegitimate concept of ‘preemptive’ war, which entailed attacks against potential, rather than real enemies. Although the administration of President Obama has been following a much more moderate line, it is too late forAmericato walk out of the unfinished business of a very ‘unholy’ war, which has already put into question its legitimacy as a world power and has lead to allegations for grief human rights violations on behalf of theUS. At the same time, the Obama administration has to be prepared to face the radicalization amongst bin Laden’s most ferocious supporters all over the world and probably, to encounter a brand new stage of its unholy war .