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The aftermath of Bin Laden

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Osama Bin Laden

The cover of Time magazine’s 5 May edition features a picture of Osama bin Laden covered with a large red X, signifying that the Bin Laden file has been terminated. The last time that American magazine used this imagery was at the end of World War II. Then, the red X covered the face of Hitler, who had committed suicide in his underground bunker beneath Berlin. There is a major irony in the use of this symbolism in a way that effectively equates two different types of war: the war against Nazism and the war against terrorism.

The first was essentially a conventional war between rival national entities competing over economic benefits and spheres of influence. There was nothing in World War II that had not happened before. Yes, there was more slaughter and genocide, but that was because the technology of killing had grown so much more sophisticated over the ages. There may also have been a greater element of ideological determination, which made genocide a virtue. The US had no moral qualms when it came to dropping the atom bomb on Japan after having defeated Hitler. Read more

CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house

stealth drone CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house

American stealth drone aircraft

The CIA employed sophisticated new stealth drone aircraft to fly dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistani airspace and monitor the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, current and former U.S. officials said.

Using unmanned planes designed to evade radar detection and operate at high altitudes, the agency conducted clandestine flights over the compound for months before the May 2 assault in an effort to capture high-resolution video that satellites could not provide. Read More

The easy part is over: Regional implications of Bin Laden’s death

For many Americans Barack Obama’s announcement on 1 May that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by United States Special Forces in Pakistan brought to a close the long and bloody decade begun on 11 September 2001.

But whether it opens a new era will depend on the president seizing the chance thrown up by Bin Laden’s death to forge a foreign policy based less on wars and intervention than peace and political negotiation, particularly in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where Al-Qaeda was born and flourished. That — far more than the “almost certain” response by Al-Qaeda to Bin Laden’s death — will be what defines the next decade. Read More