Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaida

As it is world news I feel the need to write something about the end of Osama Bin Laden, the supposed leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda. Of course I agree that this man was responsible for many killings but what was the real influence of Bin Laden on Al Qaeda? And what is Al Qaeda exactly?

In 1979 the Soviets entered Afghanistan on request by the former leader of PDPA, Najibullah. After a short career as embassador in Iran, he was dismissed by his own party in 1978. One year later he returned to Afghanistan from his exile in Europe.

The USA had to answer the intervention of the Russians as their enemy #1. Several CIA members were stationed in Afghanistan to set up military camps to train the mujahedeen and to give them weapons to fight against the Russians. The name of this camp was Al Qaeda, which means Home base or camp base.

In accordance with Saudi Arabia, Osama Bin Laden became the new leader of the terrorist groups and the USA lost control over these camps and the mujahedeen. We all know what happened after it and Osama Bin Laden became a symbol of terrorism against the western world.

Today, the most important news is the death of Osama Bin Laden. He was captured and killed by US special forces in Abbotabad, Pakistan. His body is in the hands of the USA but Obama promised and islamic funeral for him, something what would have never happened under Bush, former president of the USA.

But why wasn’t Osama Bin Laden killed in 2007, when French special forces had him in sight? The permission to kill him was refused by the US Military. Why? I am not sure if I can answer that question. Was it because the US wanted to have the honor? Was it disastrous for the War on Terror if they would have killed him?

Was Osama still in power of Al Qaeda? Was that possible as he was chased by about the whole world? How can somebody lead this group if he had to flee everyday? Wasn’t he just a symbol? A living Myth? And Al Qaeda? Is that really a worldwide terrorist group? Or does every terrorist uses the name Al Qaeda with every attack to deepen the impact?

My opinion: The death of Osama Bin Laden will not change anything. A new leader is already waiting in line and the western world needs a global enemy after the cold war ended in the 90s after the collapse of the USSR. Not only the western world but as well corrupt governments in Africa and the Middle East need this enemy to legalize their acts.

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  1. #1 by Susan Safi on May 2, 2011 - 8:57 am

    Very interesting Farid…good questions…we will wait and see how what OBL’s death really means in the world.

  2. #2 by frankbeuken.com on May 11, 2011 - 8:33 am

    To be honest, I don’t think it will change anything.

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