Video: Death will not stop threat of extremism
THE death of Osama bin Laden in a shoot-out in his Pakistani compound is, in the first instance, a triumph for the United States and the presidency of Barack Obama. It marks the end of a pursuit which lasted almost 10 years from September 11, 2001, the date of the most spectacular act of terrorism ever committed.
When the suicide hijackers attacked the Twin Towers in New York, killing nearly 3,000 people, it seemed the world had changed for ever. That was what Bin Laden, who masterminded the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, wanted. He looked forward to a "war of civilisations" ending with the establishment of a worldwide Islamic Caliphate.
With that crazed purpose, his al-Qa'ida organisation and its "affiliates" mounted numerous other terrorist attacks, chiefly designed to destabilise pro-Western Muslim countries but sometimes aimed directly at the West, as in London and Madrid.