The Death of Osama Bin Laden, and the Shape of Threats to Come

(Center for Strategic and International Studies) Anthony H. Cordesman - Many extremists will still see bin Laden as having had great success simply because he could continue to challenge the U.S. for nearly ten years after 9/11. It seems all too likely that many will see his death as a form of martyrdom that is more an example to follow than a deterrent to future action. Extremists and terrorists are likely to admire the fact that Osama is reported to have died fighting. It is very unlikely that bin Laden's death can end or seriously undercut the broader threat from extremism and terrorism. Osama dead is certainly still far better than Osama alive, but it is only one event in a long war that will have to be fought for many more years.

2011-05-03 00:00:00

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