"But today it's not about what I think happened, or who to blame. Today it's announced by President Obama that Osama bin Laden, the number one person on the American most wanted list is dead.
I guess Americans can finally sleep better at night, could they?"
The real question: can Al-Qaeda survive after bin Laden's death?
"The news that Osama bin Laden has finally been killed has been greeted with celebration by many, but for others it will bring bittersweet relief. Leaving aside the immediate question as to how bin Laden managed to live in a mansion next to a military academy in a Pakistani town not far from Islamabad, and without garnering local suspicion, the major consideration must be to what extent the death of bin Laden will impact Al-Qaeda and global Islamist terrorism in the short and long term."
"An American president, himself the son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, has taken down notorious terrorist Usama Bin Laden. Despite being a Christian, Obama, it seems to me, had a personal stake in destroying someone who had defamed the religion of his birth father and his relatives. His 2007-2008 presidential campaign was in part about the need of the US to refocus on the threat from al-Qaeda."
"As the world celebrates the death of Osama bin Laden, I wonder if this reaction is worth a life so trivial. It is true that Osama bin Laden was the greatest terrorist ever, that he took thousands of lives, and orchestrated horrific acts of violence. However, it cannot be ignored that in the end, bin Laden was just one man... Nothing more, and nothing less..."
Bin Laden (and his sponsors): any political significance?
B-L's dead, what's new?
"The question remains whether there is any political significance to his death. It is clear that Al-Qa`idah has largely been put out of commission since the US invasion of Afghanistan. It is clear that Bin Laden, and even maybe Al-Dhawahiri, don't have operational links with their followers. It is clear that many of Bin Laden's lieutenants were either captured or killed and that he lost the nucleus of the organization."