Bin Laden is REALLY dead?
Turning on the television this morning I expected more news of the royal wedding, probably focusing on how William has returned to work whilst Kate, as stated in the Daily Mirror, stays at home like a good royal wife (at least for the time being). No such luck. Word on the street, and across every major television network internationally, is that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan, as announced by President Obama in the early hours of the morning. Bin Laden is believed to be the mastermind of the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001 and a number of others and was top of the US’ “most wanted” list.
However, it was not long until the conspiracy theories began to emerge not just from within the media but social networking sites and forums. If Bin Laden has been killed, where are the photos? Where is the footage? Why quickly bury him in the sea, and why has he not stood trial in the United States? Is he an imposter, given the fact that he apparently paid people to uphold his identity? And, as some have asked, why did nobody spot this weeks ago given the fact he was discovered in a suburban area?
Well, it appears he was buried to avoid any ‘shrine’ being made to honour his name, and to probably reduce any threats of violence or a surge of al-Qaeda followers venturing on American soil. People are right to voice their concerns, given the widespread speculation and conspiracy theories of Bin Laden’s links to George W Bush, the infamous failed capturing attempt at the start of the war, the diverse number of imposters and the sheer secrecy of the US government. We should, however, surely rejoice that the mastermind of terror has been killed, albeit ten years later costing the lives of thousands of innocent people.
Will this end the war on terrorism in Afghanistan? No, it will simply add a chapter to the book and could, as some have predicted, actually fuel extremism in the UK and the US, hence why international allies have tightened their security and reviewed their current policies. But the fact that al-Qaeda is crumbling in Afghanistan with the loss of major figures surely means this is an extra blow to their regime, but I believe not an event which will reverse terrorism and make a huge impact.