7 questions after the death of bin Laden
Osama bin Laden, the longtime leader of al Qaeda, was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion north of Islamabad, Pakistan.
May 2nd, 2011
02:18 PM ET

7 questions after the death of bin Laden

Editor's Note: Dr. James M. Lindsay is a Senior Vice President at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he blogs), co-author of "America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy" and a former director for global issues and multilateral affairs at the National Security Council.

By James M. Lindsay – Special to CNN

Americans are cheering the surprising news that U.S. Special Forces have killed Osama bin Laden. The successful military operation is a tribute to the skill of U.S. Special Forces, the perseverance of intelligence professionals who have hunted bin Laden for more than a decade and the nerve of a president to order a military strike that could have failed spectacularly.

The strike on bin Laden’s compound also raises lots of questions. Here are seven:

1. Does Bin Laden’s death cripple al Qaeda and jihadist terrorism more broadly? Probably not. Al Qaeda long ago ceased to be a centralized operation. For the last decade bin Laden has been a figurehead than a mastermind. Terrorist attacks, like the bomb plot that German authorities broke up last week, have been planned and carried out by largely independent al Qaeda “affiliates.” Nonetheless, U.S. Special Forces might have picked up valuable intelligence as they scoured bin Laden’s command post that could help uncover terrorist cells and plots.

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  1. Joe Esenbock

    You know I don't care if he was unarmed or if he had his children his arms, when the Seals killed his ass, How many of the people in the towers were armed and how many children had a parent killed. Now to the rest of the terrorist if you mess with the US we'll get you it might take a few years but we'll kill your ass for sure. God Bless the US of A.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      They have no problem to die. You will never be safe as the Nazi are hated by all kind of people.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    OBL was an heroe for many oppressed muslims and will remain a symbol. Nothing will change.
    He was respected even by his enemies who provided burial rites, while people on their pay-list like Pamiri are despised even by their allies. Americans were surprised seing the youngest wife trying to cover him with her body. She died with him.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Napoli

    8. How much information did OBL have in his residence as to the rest of Al Qaeda? Go Get'em boyz:-)

    May 3, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan from Chicago, IL

    The United States Navy Seals had given God the beast of the earth to endure 1000 years with the false prophet chained in hell! And as those who follow his hatred for mankind will end up there to fight the final battle with God and his angles!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. pamiri

    Congratulation for all world on Osama’s death, and thanks very much USA forces that your done very bravely action and killed the man, who was the responsible for death of many human around the world, and especially he was the killer of Afghan people and the great Massoud who was assisnated by two Arabs under the Osama’s order

    From Kabul

    May 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan from Detroit, MI

    Another huge victory for the Axis of Evil(the United States,Great Britain and France) over Islam. The American public is celebrating this heinous murder proving that we're living in a sick society. How revolting this is!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Good post,Dan. I feel the same way you do. What's wrong with these people anyway? Have they totally lost all their senses to decern right from wrong? Evidently yes,sadly enough!

      May 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. World Citizen

    Bin Laden gone from this planet is a good thing. BUT. Who do you think you Americans are ? Who are you to decide how justice is done for the world. Im going to ask all you degenerate idiot Americans one question: Suppose a young American White Male walks into a school and takes out 15 innocent people , 3 weeks later a father of of dead child Kills the Killer ..... will you chant in the street USA.... USA .. U....S.....A !!!!!!!!! You are the real terrorists.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      There is still something wanting in your comparison as the US did not kill just the killer, but thousand of innocent people, even more thatn the killer himself, who acted for a reaction after all.

      May 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        Come on salerno,the U.S. military killed far more innocent civilials that Al Qaeda and all the other terrorist groups put together with it's ungodly military hardware. Remember what we did in Vietnam and later Iraq when on Feb.13 1991 an American plane bombed the Amriya air raid shelter and killed over 414 civilians there? I still remember the man who had his entire family in that shelter mourn his horrific loss the day after!!!

        May 3, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – Agreed

      May 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |