We don’t often comment on non tech related matters, but the news on Bin Laden’s death is impossible to escape today. Many UK’ers will have seen today on Sky TV, president Obama sitting in front of a screen ,watching as Bin Laden was shot and killed. Apparently Bin Laden’s wife stepped in front of him for protection, but she was also shot down.
Bin Laden has been seen as a figurehead of evil, after the terrible deaths on 9/11, an event which genuinely shook the world. Many of us will remember the day, even people outside America, I know I will never forget watching people jump to their death from the towers in New York.
Now that Bin Laden is dead however, the question remains, who will take over his role? Apparently American soldiers have found an extensive list of materials which might lead them to other leaders and subleaders within Al Qaeda. Sadly, it looks as if the trouble might not end here. Already, threats of revenge are escalating.
“We are proud on the martyrdom of Osama,” Ahsan Ullah Ahsan, spokesman for Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan said last night. “We shall definitely take revenge (on) America.” When he was asked how the Pakistani Taliban would carry out this revenge attack on America, he said “We already have our people in America, and we are sending more there.”
CIA Director, Leon Panetta has confirmed that he is sure that terrorists will try to launch a revenge attack on some level, warning for caution and raised awareness of potential threats to the American people.
U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world are now on high alert following the announcement of Bin Laden’s death, according to a senior U.S. official. The U.S. State Department has even called for a ‘worldwide caution’ for American people.
Travel alerts have noted “enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan.”
Hilary Clinton commented that the mission to kill Bin Laden sends out a message to the Taliban in Afghanistan. “You cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. But you can make the choice to abandon al Qaeda” she said.
It took a decade to hunt down Bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks on U.S. people. American’s celebrated the news of his death last night, with many people out in force in New York and at the White House.
Many analysts are claiming that the death of Bin Laden does not mean the end of Al Qaeda although he was a particularly strong leader with many followers, so their leadership is certainly damaged.
Philip Mudd, former CIA officer said today “They don’t have anybody now who is going to have the star power, the brand name of bin Laden.”
KitGuru says: Many people are urging caution when travelling and to be aware of potential terrorist attacks.