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Should the United States be the World’s Policeman?

According to a new Rasmussen poll, only a sliver of US voters — 11 percent — want America to be the nation chiefly responsible for policing the planet and trying to maintain international order. An overwhelming 74 percent reject the idea.

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An American attack on Baghdad, Iraq during the invation of Iraq: Many people think Americans are acting as if they are 'the World's policeman'.

These aren’t anomalous results. When Rasmussen polled the same question in 2009, the results were virtually identical. Gallup regularly asks how large a role — leading, major, minor, or none — the United States should take in solving international problems; only a small minority of respondents ever favors the “leading’’ role. Red more…

Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden is at Last Dead

344173 osama bin laden 225x300 Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden is at Last DeadUs president Barack Obama has just announced in a dramatic late night statement that the real mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed close to 3,000 people, Osama Bin Laden was killed early morning of today. Few details were immediately available. However, some reports say that Bin Laden was killed by Americans special forces in a villa in an area near the Pakistani capital Islamabad. This success comes after almost 10 yeas in the hunt for Bin Laden.

American say they have dumped Osama’s body into Arabian sea. After Bin laden’s death, Us also issued a worldwide travel alert. It is believed that this travel alert comes amid concern of retaliatory terror attacked by either Al-Qaeda, affiliated groups or supporters and sympathizers of Bin Laden.  This is based on past experience whenever there were big blows to Al-Qaeda, there had been a surge of revenge attacked around the world. That happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and some other places around the world.

The Mansion Where Bin Laden was Hiding on Fire after the Attack

As the details of the operation emerge, it is now reported that based on statements given by US detainees, intelligence officials have known for years that Bin Laden trusted one al-Qaida courier in particular and they believed he might be living with him in hiding. In November, intelligence officials found out where he was living, a huge fortified compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad. It was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet high, topped with barbed wire. There were two security gates and no phone or internet running into the house.

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The mansion where Bin laden was living from google map

Associated Press citing Pakistani official, reported that four helicopters launched the attack in the Bilal area of Abbottabad, about 100km north of Islamabad; women and children were taken into custody during the raid. Four people were killed including Bin Laden. US officials say the compound in which Bin Laden was killed appeared to have been custom-built to harbour a major fugitive.

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Pakistan Military Academy: This academy is just 800 yards from the mansion where Bin Laden lived

Abbottabad is home to three Pakistan army regiments and thousands of military personnel and is dotted with military buildings, news agency Associated Press says.  The compound where Bin Laden was killed is 800 yards from the premises of the PMA – Pakistan Military Academy – Pakistan’s equivalent of British Army officer training centre at Sandhurst. Bin Laden’s discovery there raises pointed questions about how he managed to evade capture and even whether Pakistan’s military and intelligence leadership knew of his whereabouts and sheltered him.

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Osama Bin Laden was an inspirational figure to those who follow Al-Qaeda's ideology

Killing Bin laden would be a moral and symbolic victory for USA and Western nation as well as for Bin Laden’s  native country Saudi Arabia as he was a staunch enemy of the Saudi ruling family.  The effect of Bin laden’s death would redoubtably be  a psychological blow to Al-Qaeda and it’s affiliates in countries like Yemen, Somalia and North Africa. However, whether this will end Al-Qaeda’s terror campaign is  a doubt as killing a senior figure in an illusive terrorist organisation like Al-Qaeda never materialized in destroying the whole organisation.  Al-Qaeda has been probably preparing to blows like this by the illusive nature their organisational  structure as a wordwide reach using the internet to their advantage. Nonetheless, Killing Bin Laden would have a far reaching effect to Al-Qaeda’s operations as he was the dominating figure who had the inspiration and the financial strength in his own right as a millionaire. So a replacement like him is almost impossible.

The fact that Bin Laden was found and killed close to Islamabad – not in the tribal no man’s land between Afghanistan and Pakistan – emphasises previous doubts about the involvement of some of the elements of Pakistani intelligence agency ISS in protecting and aiding Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and in fact providing shelter for Bin Laden for all these years. Indeed, according to AFP, Home Minister on India P Chidambaram says Bin Laden’s killing near Islamabad highlights concerns that Pakistan provides “sanctuary” to terrorists. the Indian It is inconceivable that a military as big as Pakistan’s was really unable to trace Bin Laden in their backyard. So this manhunt of Bin laden in the heart of Pakistan will further strain relationship between Pakistan and US and other Western powers.