Har samlet lidt af, hvad der skrives rundt omkring. Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Berman, Robert Fisk, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Robert Spencer, Alan Dershowitz, Nonie Darwish, Victor Davis Hanson, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Steve Coll, Raymond Ibrahim, Sol Stern:
Salman Rushdie: Pakistan’s Deadly Game
by Salman Rushdie
Are we really supposed to believe that Pakistan didn’t know Osama bin Laden was living there for five years? Salman Rushdie on why it’s time to declare the country a terrorist state.
Osama bin Laden died on Walpurgisnacht, the night of black sabbaths and bonfires. Not an inappropriate night for the Chief Witch to fall off his broomstick and perish in a fierce firefight. One of the most common status updates on Facebook after the news broke was “Ding, Dong, the witch is dead,” and that spirit of Munchkin celebration was apparent in the faces of the crowds chanting “U-S-A!” last night outside the White House and at ground zero and elsewhere. Almost a decade after the horror of 9/11, the long manhunt had found its quarry, and Americans will be feeling less helpless this morning, and pleased at the message that his death sends: “Attack us and we will hunt you down, and you will not escape.”
Mere HER i The Daily Beast. Kan også læses her i Business Insider.
Death of a Madman
What Obama does next will help define the legacy of Osama Bin Laden.
By Christopher Hitchens – May 2, 2011
There are several pleasant little towns like Abbottabad in Pakistan, strung out along the roads that lead toward the mountains from Rawalpindi (the garrison town of Pakistani’s military brass and, until 2003, a safe-house for Khalid Sheik Muhammed). Muzaffarabad, Abbottabad … cool in summer and winter, with majestic views and discreet amenities. The colonial British—like Maj. James Abbott, who gave his name to this one—called them “hill stations,” designed for the rest and recreation of commissioned officers. The charming idea, like the location itself, survives among the Pakistani officer corps. If you tell me that you are staying in a rather nice walled compound in Abbottabad, I can tell you in return that you are the honored guest of a military establishment that annually consumes several billion dollars of American aid. It’s the sheer blatancy of it that catches the breath.
Mere HER i Slate. Kan også læses her i The National Post.
Understanding the symbolism of Osama bin Laden’s death in the history of American democracy.
May 2, 2011 | Paul Berman
Relentlessness is good. Relentlessness has a philosophical resonance, which everyone intuitively understands. The war between Al Qaeda and the United States has always rested on a dispute over the meaning of history. Al Qaeda has always believed that God wishes the resurrection of the ancient Islamic caliphate. And Al Qaeda has always regarded America, as the product of Christian civilization, as the ultimate obstacle to the resurrection of the caliphate. Al Qaeda’s militants have always believed that, as the representative of God’s will, they will ultimately win. Al Qaeda has therefore been engaged in a long-term and even eternal struggle—the kind of struggle that might lead earnest and idealistic people to agree to commit suicide on Al Qaeda’s behalf.
Mere HER i The New Republic. Og lidt fra den røde fløj:
The death of Bin Laden
Was he betrayed? Of course. Pakistan knew Bin Laden’s hiding place all along
By Robert Fisk – 3 May 2011
A middle-aged nonentity, a political failure outstripped by history – by the millions of Arabs demanding freedom and democracy in the Middle East – died in Pakistan yesterday. And then the world went mad.
Fresh from providing us with a copy of his birth certificate, the American President turned up in the middle of the night to provide us with a live-time death certificate for Osama bin Laden, killed in a town named after a major in the army of the old British Empire. A single shot to the head, we were told. But the body’s secret flight to Afghanistan, an equally secret burial at sea? The weird and creepy disposal of the body – no shrines, please – was almost as creepy as the man and his vicious organisation.
Mere HER i The Independent. Robert Fisk har yderligere to artikler om Bin Laden:
Robert Fisk: My deadliest moment with the world’s most dangerous men
19 March 1997. There was a sudden scratching of voices outside the tent, thin and urgent like the soundtrack of an old movie. Then the flap snapped up and Bin Laden walked in, dressed in a turban and green robes.
Mere i The Independent HER.
Robert Fisk: A close encounter with the man who shook the world
One hot evening in late June 1996, the telephone on my desk in Beirut rang with one of the more extraordinary messages I was to receive as a foreign correspondent. “Mr Robert, a friend you met in Sudan wants to see you,” said a voice in English but with an Arabic accent.
Mere HER i The Independent.
The Death of Bin Laden and the Pakistan Question
by Bernard-Henri Lévy
Bin Laden is dead.
In a sense, he was already dead.
And for a long while, no one believed any longer in the prospect he had outlined of a radical Islam that would take the place of communism and its world ambitions.
But he is, indeed, dead, and this time for good.
Mere HER i Huffington Post.
Osama Gets His Virgins
by Robert Spencer – May 2, 2011
Osama bin Laden has gone to the great bordello in the sky that awaits every good jihadi.
Barack Obama explained that the jihadist mastermind was killed in a “targeted operation: at Abbottabad, Pakistan: “A small team of Americans carried out the operation. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
Obama also said that the killing of bin Laden was the “most significant achievement to date” in America’s war against al-Qaeda.
Mere HER i Human Events.
Targeted Killing Vindicated
by Alan M. Dershowitz – May 2, 2011
The decision to target and kill Osama Bin Laden is being applauded by all decent people. Approval to capture or kill this mass-murdering terrorist leader was given by Presidents Obama and Bush. It was the right decision, both morally and legally.
Although Bin Laden wore no military uniform and held no official military rank, he was an appropriate military target. As the titular and spiritual head of Al Qaeda, he was the functional equivalent of a head of state or commander in chief of a terrorist army. From the beginning of recorded history, killing the king was the legitimate object of military action. The very phrase “check mate” means “the king is dead, “signifying the successful end of the battle.
Mere HER hos Hudson New York. Kan også læses her i Huffington Post.
Why It Took Ten Years
by Nonie Darwish on May 2nd, 2011
America failed to locate Osama Bin Laden for almost 10 years not because it wasn’t trying hard to find him, or because American intelligence is incompetent. It took so long because the Godfather of Terror was surrounded by many Muslims who would rather protect him with their lives than give him up to America — and no amount of financial reward was going to convince them to give him up.
There is no doubt that many Muslim leaders knew exactly where Osama was hiding — and that it was not in the caves of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but in a huge mansion with very high fences that indicated to the whole neighborhood that someone big was hiding there. Nothing happens in a Muslim country without the knowledge of its intelligence and leadership. Also nothing goes unnoticed in a Muslim neighborhood where people habitually monitor activities on the streets and who comes in or goes out of homes.
Mere HER i FrontPageMagazine. Næsten identisk udgave hos Big Peace her.
Bin Laden — Ne Requiescat in Pace
May 2, 2011 – By Victor Davis Hanson
The death of bin Laden is as welcome as it raises strange afterthoughts. First, what a relief that we are all united in joy at the news. Second, it is a relief that he was not captured by a foreign nation. And good too that we did not bring him back alive to repeat the KSM fiasco. It is also fortuitous that his demise came at the hands of U.S. soldiers in battle on the ground, rather than from the air via Predator drones — it reflects far better on the audacity and skill of our troops, and, far more importantly, allows us to bring his corpse back for positive I.D.
Mere HER i National Review Online. Kan også læses her i Free Republic.
Analysis: Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden
The loss of a figurehead as iconic as Osama bin Laden will come as a blow to al-Qaeda and its supporters, but is unlikely to fatally undermine the movement.
2nd May 2011 – Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens
Early responses on jihadist internet forums eulogise him as a figurehead and lament his loss, but insist that this will not diminish their determination to continue the jihadist cause.
Mere i Standpoint Magazine HER. Kan også læses her hos ICSR, King’s College London.
Notes on the Death of Osama bin Laden
May 2, 2011 by Steve Coll
No doubt there will be time to reflect more deeply about the news announced by President Obama last night. For now, I thought it might be useful to annotate some of the initial headlines.
On where he was found:
Abbottabad is essentially a military-cantonment city in Pakistan, in the hills to the north of the capital of Islamabad, in an area where much of the land is controlled or owned by the Pakistani Army and retired Army officers. Although the city is technically in what used to be called the Northwest Frontier Province, it lies on the far eastern side of the province and is as close to Pakistani-held Kashmir as it is to the border city of Peshawar. The city is most notable for housing the Pakistan Military Academy, the Pakistani Army’s premier training college, equivalent to West Point. [...]
Mere HER i The New Yorker. Kan også læses her hos the New America Foundation.
“The Struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [Non-Islam] Transcends Time”
by Raymond Ibrahim – May 3, 2011
Islamists — whether Bin Laden, Khomeini, Banna, Qutb, or Yassin— are not the cause of hostilities; they are symptoms of a much greater cause: what they call “The struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [non-Islam][that] transcends time.” Individually killing them off — which is nice — only temporarily treats the symptom; it does not eliminate the cause that motivates them. Ayman al-Zawahiri, now al-Qaeda’s presumed leader, once summarized this phenomenon well. Asked in an interview about the status of bin Laden and the Taliban’s Mullah Omar, he confidently replied:
“Jihad in the path of Allah is greater than any individual or organization. It is a struggle between Truth and Falsehood, until Allah Almighty inherits the earth and those who live in it. Mullah Muhammad Omar and Sheikh Osama bin Laden — may Allah protect them from all evil — are merely two soldiers of Islam in the journey of jihad, while the struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [non-Islam] transcends time (The Al Qaeda Reader, p.182).”
Mere HER hos Hudson New York. Kan også læses i en næsten identisk version i Middle East Forum her.
Solidarity, Then and Now
What Obama didn’t say
By Sol Stern – 2 May 2011
Like many other Americans, I’m sure, I found myself choking up during President Obama’s announcement that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden in a firefight, and even more so at the scenes of spontaneous rejoicing at Ground Zero in Manhattan. The news unleashed a cascade of powerful 9/11 memories. My 14-year-old son had watched the second hijacked plane hit the South Tower from the windows of his classroom at Stuyvesant High School, just a few hundred yards from the carnage. [...]
Mere HER i City Journal.
Opdatering 5. maj 2011 – Diana West har illustreret sin artikel med Kurt Westergaards berømte tegning:
Dead Bin Laden: The Ultimate Danish Cartoon
Posted by Diana West May 4th 2011
I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that the Obama White House would ultimately nix the release of Dead Bin Laden, and here it comes, the prepatory rumblings: Gates and Hillary, ABC’s Jake Tapper reports (via Drudge) are arguing against release. This tagteam pushback, Tapper writes with soothing gentility, is due to “concerns at the Pentagon and State Department that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the US for killing bin Laden where one does not seem to currently exist.”
Mere HER i Big Peace. Kan også læses her på Diana Wests blog.
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