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9-11 Will Be Different This Year

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), May 2, 2011 at 12:15

The demise of Osama bin Laden presents itself in a dichotomous fashion; that in the face of seemingly bringing to close a very dark chapter in the American scheme of world socio-politics, as it is supposed by Dr. Pipes, what is there to be expected next? Is elation truly the emotion we should be feeling; or is America being set up for the next series of events?

As the story broke, it took on a sort of developing puzzle, that as various outlets tried to be the first to get to broadcast, the details were not very well presented, leaving confusion in the wake as these same various sources tried to gain creditability and lost it as the next set of details were outed. Then, after a significant delay, the White House took its turn. While not necessarily helping to clear up some questions, certain revelations did bring out certain new understandings of how the White House had certain connections virtually no one else could have perceived. Even at that, after the White House announcement, two very important conclusions could be drawn by this perspective.

First, it is not over, not in the least. We had been reveled in the subsequent years of September 11, 2001 of the strikes made against al-Qaeda leadership that by many accounts tended to minimalize the 'central' command structure that organization seemed to have, giving cause for thinking an upper hand was gained at their expense. That there seemed to be an uncoordinated influence of attacks by groups claiming al-Qaeda connections gave even further appearances that some headway was being made in the fight against Islamist fundamentalist actions against the west since 2001. But it was never enough.

Now, with the revelation that an American strike team was able to finally accomplish what a nearly decade old expenditure of American resources had not yet been able to accomplish, a question is exposed: how was it that the current American administrative executive was able to achieve these results when supposedly American-Pakistani relations are more troubled now than when the previous administration was seeking to do this very thing?

Second, and in concert with the first, this should be a warning that things are not going to get better, but worse. In one of the video extracts at the impromptu gathering outside of the White House, one of the revelers claiming to be ex-military said that it is over….that we should begin the process of extracting ourselves from the other theaters of operations over there. Really? Is that true? I did not see or hear anywhere of fundamentalist Islam rolling up their green flags of rebellion against the western causes and declare that they have lost their will to fight; or of any concessions whatsoever. Be not deceived: the loss of Osama bin Laden to the Islamist world cause does not diminish the intention of the subliminal situation, that of a cause still seeking dominion over the rest of the world.

Martyr status is likely to be bestowed upon the former leader of al-Qaeda, giving a new sense of renewal of the very mentality that initiated the son of Saudi sympathies to start on his quest to radicalize the Muslim world into attempts to gain the upper hand in world politics. September 11, 2001 remains the standard of achievement by those of that mentality which believe they can keep the world of balance off enough to achieve their final goal. While it may indeed be said that a body blow has been afflicted, it is against only a portion of a body, which now excised, will allow the rest to assess what truly has been lost, and what is necessary for recovery. NO, by no means is it over.

Alert status around the western world is elevated; to what extent of its necessity remains to be seen. One of the results to be awaited is to see how much strength al-Qaeda does retain in its already fragmented organization; or if the standard is to be pick-up by others. Either way, it is definitely a watch and see circumstance, a circumstance that requires readiness to be enjoined in the watchfulness. How the American Administrative Executive will appropriate and utilize the fallout of this action against the terrorist actions of the world remains to be seen. The announcement of bin Laden's death is indeed an answer to the call for western justice, but it is merely a page turn away from the continuing of the rest of the story on the conflicts still developing between the western occidental mindset and the oriental one, now being overcome by Islam.

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