May 02, 2011
Meaning & Impact of Ben Laden death
My general reaction matches that of Issandr Amrani and Aqoul colleague, with reservations: Bin Laden finally dead - Blog - The Arabist
First, outside of Pakistan and the US this won't be much of a big deal — and it probably wouldn't have been either at any point in the last decade, which goes to show how the alarmism about Bin Laden being some kind of popular figure in the Muslim world was misplaced. Secondly, where's Ayman Zawahri? And thirdly, the amount of Pakistani complicity with Bin Laden really seems beyond the pale.I don't agree with "any point in the last decade" as the symbolic value c. 2001-2002 or 2003 would have been powerful. Ten years on, well... It has some value, but now that most of the MENA region has had more than a taste of Takfiri Jihadi movements, the reservoir of sympathy has long been quite limited (the genuinely spontaneous anti reactions in Morocco over the years, for example).
'Aqoul: The Last Salaf in On You, Mr. Osama
May 02, 2011
The Last Salaf in On You, Mr. Osama
One gets the impression, or at least I do, that while the US Navy SEALS, the Angel of Death,, and justice itself, have not bypassed Osama bin-Laden, in some sense -- at least for the MENA region (less so for Af-Pak) - history has left him behind, and has for quite a while.
I think this is closer than Amrani on real impact: history left Ben Laden behind, he was more a creature of a period 93-03 than of the past few years. The MENA 48 movements are the new news, not Ben Laden and the Takfiri movements.
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