As you can tell, this post was not planned at all this morning, but I couldn’t get away from this piece of news: Ossama Bin Laden was killed. He was killed this morning by “a small team of Americans” under the direct control by the U.S. President Barack Obama, as announced by him.
It was first leaked on twitter (enclosed photo). Now, Mr Bin Laden’s on Wikipedia page has been updated to show his death, assuming he was not involved in updating it!
The U.S. said that they already buried him in the sea! How come so quickly? and in the sea? I am not an expert on this issue, but as far as I know this is not according to any Islamic tradition. Their concern that his burial will turn into a shrine is not justified, considering that the Saudi Wahhabi sect does not allow this. No Saudi king has a prominent burial-place.
History has taught us that similar fights (particularly Al-Qaeda-related) have not ended by killing the operations manager, although there is a consensus that Ayman Al-Zawahari is already the actual head of operations.
I saw two conflicting reactions from different parts of the world this morning: people celebrating in Times Square in New York, and people posting some message on Al-Jazeera Mubasher channel assuming Bin Laden to be a martyr!
Surely, many Arabs are rightly angry with the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, but some extremists have gone too far. Each side feels happy when the other side is hurt. This issue just puts a bigger challenge before the ‘Arab Spring’. The aim is not only removing the dictators, but building civil democratic societies where violence is NOT the way of ‘sorting out’ problems.
On the other hand, the U.S. foreign policy has a respective challenge too: how to remove this anger felt by the Arab masses, and allow these democratic societies to flourish even when it doesn’t suit them.
This is coming now during the peak of the popular uprising taking place in the Arab world, and ‘stealing’ all the media coverage from it – or at least this morning.
I hope the media coverage of Oussama Bin Laden doesn’t last last long…So the Arab Spring can get back to business, or at least our perception of it can resume its continuity.