For Some, Closure

The killing of Osama bin Laden this week will come as a relief to some of the many families of those who lost loved ones in terrorist atrocities from New York to London, Madrid to Bali. It will not bring them back. While some may see a sense of “justice” in bin Laden’s demise, that, finally, the terrormonger has been brought down, others have moved on with their lives, with some even finding it within themselves to forgive the man.

US President Barack Obama, whose crack SEAL troops assassinated the Al-Qaeda leader in a daring raid in Pakistan on Sunday, said that with bin Laden’s death, “justice has been done.” But the act is little more than symbolic, and we hope it is not a Pyrrhic victory for the West and its allies as they battle Islamist terrorism almost a decade on from the hijacked-airliner attacks on the US in September 2001.

That bin Laden was apparently ensconced for a number of years in a comfortable house near to Islamabad, having fled neighbouring Afghanistan, and that he appeared to have little in the way of communications – no telephone or internet, for instance – suggests he had taken a back seat in his terror plotting. Although it is believed he still got his messages out, by way of couriers, he cannot be said to have played an overly active role in Al-Qaeda’s leadership in recent years.

Al-Qaeda-linked operatives wrought terror and destruction on this island, in 2002 and again in 2005. They stuck at places where mostly Western people were gathered and slaughtered over 200 of them. That there have been no further attacks since then is testament to the Indonesian authorities’ tireless efforts, working with counterparts in Australia and the United States. But it is also an indication that confirms intelligence analysts’ assumptions that the terrorists went too far with their attacks in Bali – and later in Jakarta – which killed Muslim Indonesians. It was thought tactics had been changed to instead target Western infrastructure and other assets.

Sprawling terrorist groups hatched from the writhing Al-Qaeda nest – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; Al-Qaeda in Aceh; and a growing list of other affiliates worldwide – are a largely unseen army, a shadowy network whose members may well be perceived by residential neighbours as decent, ordinary people. Their hatred against Western ways of life and perceived imperialism in Muslim lands will persist, in an age-old battle between civilisations.

But for those still mourning the victims of their depraved attacks, there at least now is a semblance of comfort, as psychological as it may be.

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One Response to “For Some, Closure”

  1. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    PAKISTAN IS A TERRORIST STATE WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (WMD)

    It is now confirmed beyond any doubt that Pakistan is a safe haven and breeding ground for terrorists, their organizations, launch base for terror attacks in USA, Europe, Middle East (Israel), Russia, Afghanistan, India, China, Indonesia, etc.

    Pakistan’s half million strong army is a support group for supply of arms, bombs and logistics for terror attacks in other countries. It’s intelligence agency, ISID aka murder incorporated specializes in murdering innocent unarmed civilians in many countries; basically an agency of thugs and assassins.

    Pakistan is a nuclear State that ‘often reminds’ the USA of its arsenal. A bluff that usually has the desired effect – more dollars to ‘fight’ terrorism. These dollars are shared between corrupt Pak Army officers, ISID, Corrupt Pak Govt. officials and ‘donated’ to terrorist outfits, some of whom wage with India.

    The bogey of India at its border has historically been used in domestic politics and Pak Army machinations to get cash handouts/arms from USA and China.

    The field data collected and collated by : US Forces, RAW/Indian Army, KGB, Chinese Intelligence Agencies, Israel/ Mossad, Indonesian Intelligence Agency, etc.; And the killing of Osama Bin Laden in the heart of Pakistan has confirmed what the world suspected – Pakistan is a Terrorist State with weapons of mass destruction.

    It is time to put an end to the butchering of innocent unarmed civilians and mindless acts of terrorism. It is time to call out the dogs of war to settle this problem once and for all.

    Terrorist organizations working/operating international with bases in Pakistan – Lashkar-e-Omar (LeO), Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan (TJP),Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Lashkar-eJhangvi (LeJ), Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan (SMP), Jamaat-ul-Fuqra, Nadeem Commando, Popular Front for Armed Resistance , Muslim United Army, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami(HuMA), Trans-national Organisations, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA, presently known as Harkat-ul Mujahideen), Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad Mujahideen E-Tanzeem (JeM), Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM, previously known as Harkat-ul-Ansar),Al BadrJamait-ul-Mujahideen (JuM), Lashkar-e-Jabbar (LeJ),Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami(HUJI),Muttahida Jehad Council (MJC),Al Barq,Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen, Al Jehad, Jammu & Kashir National Liberation Army, People’s League, Muslim Janbaz Force, Kashmir Jehad Force, Al Jehad Force (combines Muslim Janbaz Force and Kashmir Jehad Force), Al Umar Mujahideen, Mahaz-e-Azadi, Islami Jamaat-e-Tulba, Jammu & Kashmir Students Liberation Front, Ikhwan-ul-Mujahideen, Islamic Students League, Tehrik-e-Hurriat-e-Kashmir, Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqar Jafaria, Al Mustafa Liberation Fighters, Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-Islami, Muslim Mujahideen, Al Mujahid Force, Tehrik-e-Jehad, Islami Inquilabi Mahaz, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Al-Rashid Trust, Al-Akhtar Trust, Rabita Trust, Ummah Tamir-e-Nau, East Turkistan Islamic Movement, etc.

    Terrorists working/operating internationally from the sanctuary of Pakistan
    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Zarrar Shah , Nasr Javed , Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, his commanders Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Abu Al Qama, Abu Qahafa, Sajid Mir and Yusuf Muzammil and HuJI commander Ilyas Kashmiri, Mullah Mohammed Omar, Dawood Ibrahim, Ayman al Zawahiri, AQAP (al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) members of 36 groups including al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, Al-Fatah and Iranian intelligence, etc.

    Will the USA continue to supply money and arms to Pakistan?

    Will China look the other way while attacks by East Turkestan’ terror forces continue on its territory?

    Will Indonesia continue to remain silent as Right Wing Forces grow violent ?

    And will India continue to voice its concern without taking any military action?

    The equation has changed as of May 1, 2011.

    It is time to put an end to the butchering of innocent unarmed civilians and mindless acts of terrorism. It is time to call out the dogs of war to settle this problem once and for all.

    Is anyone listening?

    Remember – 9/11 New York, 7/7 London, 26/11 Mumbai,12/10 Bali

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