Monday, May 2, 2011

Will Al-Qaeda Crumble?

The fact that Bin Laden is dead will not bring an end to Al-Qaeda. At least not right away. His second in command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, is still out there and he has been the operations leader for a number of years. He is less charismatic within the Muslim world but is still a significant figure. Al-Qaeda is like a franchise and can be run by different leaders. In Yemen it is run by an American named Anwar al-Awlak. This branch is called Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) No, Al-Qaeda will continue.

The killing of Osama Bin Laden will be a morale blow to the Al-Qaeda movement. His ideological views will be questioned as a way to bring change in the Islamic world. Maybe now more Muslims will look towards the Arab Spring as a way to bring about change and allow all Muslims to experience freedom and participate in democratic change.


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