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WORLD SEES SHARP DECLINE IN TERROR ATTACKS AFTER KILLING TERROR MASTERMIND BIN LADEN
August 1 2012
Washington, D.C. - For just about everyone in the world the death of Osama bin Laden was a moment to relish and celebrate. Rarely does the death of anyone cause a kind of global part that the killing of bin Laden did but of course he was a very, very bad man.
Getting him was of course a hard row. His acts inspired two wars, a decade of special operations attacks, cost billions of dollars and resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. Finally, all that sacrifice was worth it that day when Marines show bin Laden in the head and ended the reign of perhaps the greatest terrorist in history.
For his organization, Al Qaeda, the blow was also significant. Although they vowed to carry on as before with new leadership, it was clear to just about everyone that the group just wasn’t going to be the same without bin Laden in charge. However diminished bin Laden had become in the last decade, he was still the figurehead for the group and without him it was going to be hurt. That is now being borne out in numbers which officials released today, numbers which show a sharp decline in terror attacks last year which they attribute in large part to killing the top terrorist leader and many of his subordinates.
“Inspiring as the moment may be, we are not blind to the attendant perils. Terrorists could still cause significant disruptions for states undergoing very challenging democratic transitions. Affiliates of the group, and violent extremist ideology and rhetoric continue to spread in some parts of the world,” said state department spokesperson Dan Benjamin.
Other notable terrorist deaths including Anwar al-Awlaki and Atiyah Abd al-Rahman which likely contributed to the decline as well.
Ayman al-Zawahiri took over Al Qaeda following bin Laden’s death and he is considered a bit of a fool.
“This is certainly good news but not altogether unexpected. In fact it’s pretty much what ever expected precisely. When you take out the most important person in a particular field you expect that that field will suffer from the loss. That’s kind of the way these things tend to go not just in terrorism but in general,” said Scrape TV Terrorism analyst Doug Davids. “There was a lot of talk, mostly just talk, that bin Laden wasn’t actually all that hands on at the time of his death but clearly that wasn’t the case. Though it could be that the U.S. killed almost every terrorist mastermind, that very well could have contributed as well.”
Aside from the big names many other terrorists were killed last year, events which could reduce enrollment.
“As a general rule, when people are shot in the face by Marines or blown up by drones, that’s the kind of thing that tends to reduce enthusiasm for the job. I mean if the head of a company was shot in the face by Marines and every other top executive was taken out by other means it is possible that morale might suffer and job applications would be reduced,” continued Davids. “It just makes sense that people aren’t going to want to be blowing people up if their risk of the same happening is dramatically increased, which it clearly is. For a long time there was very little risk of actually being caught for terrorism but that has changed and so that means fewer terrorist and thus fewer attacks.”
Al-Zawahiri is reportedly very upset by the report and may kill people in response.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent