Alex Spillius: Tide has turned and al-Qa'ida is on the back foot
In the battle against al-Qa'ida, we may be taking our shoes off in airports for some time. There may never be a moment when we can be sure that someone somewhere isn't plotting to blow up our planes and trains. If there is, it may be half a decade or more away.
But are we at a point where we can collectively pause and quietly dare to say that we are winning and that al-Qa'ida's demise is a matter of time? There is good reason to say yes.
For Osama bin Laden was not the only terrorist leader to be "taken down" or "brought to justice" -- as American counter-terrorist officials like to say -- in the past few weeks.