Bin Laden’s Death: Reactions around the world

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi burns an American Flag - Photo: Daily Mail

Well, well. The dollar has rebounded and oil prices have slide back 1% in value since the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death in Pakistan a few hours ago. Good things I hear you saying… In addition, the reactions of Western and pro-American leaders have been predictable. Here are a few examples:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

The American forces yesterday killed Osama Bin Laden and made him pay for his deeds, in Abbottabad city of Pakistan, close to Islamabad. He was made to pay for his actions.

Pakistan foreign ministry

Osama Bin Laden’s death illustrates the resolve of the international community, including Pakistan, to fight and eliminate terrorism. It constitutes a major setback to terrorist organisations around the world.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron

The news that Osama Bin Laden is dead will bring great relief to people across the world.

Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen – for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives, many of them British.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy

The scourge of terrorism has suffered a historic defeat but it’s not the end of al-Qaeda.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

This is a resounding triumph for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic nations fighting shoulder to shoulder in determination against terrorism.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga

Kenyans are happy and thank the US people, the Pakistani people and everybody else who managed to kill Osama.

Osama’s death can only be positive for Kenya, but we need to have a stable government in Somalia.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul

This shows that terrorists and terrorist group leaders in the end are caught whether dead or alive. The most dangerous and sophisticated terrorist organisation leader in the world being caught this way should be a lesson to everyone.

The death of Bin Laden isn’t the end of the “War on Terror” howeverOther reactions have not been quite so positive, for example Arjuna Mahendran, the chief strategist at HSBC Bank has commented, “The immediate thing is how it will affect US assets: its embassies, personnel and physical installations. Does it raise the threat level? That’s the key thing. I think it does.”

Here are a few more counter-reactions:

“Security has been beefed up around Egypt’s tourist sites following the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, security officials said Monday. Additional security measures were enforced in the tourist city of Luxor specifically, where a terrorist attack claimed the lives of around 60 people in 1997.

The security source said that the security measures had been taken in response to the announcement of bin Laden’s death”.

Many do not believe that the killing of Bin Laden will cause any damage to Al-Qaeda. “Instead, Al-Qaeda will grow more stronger and create more trouble for the US and European forces,” said Rahul Sirsat, a political analyst from India.

According to the British newspaper the Daily Mail, “in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood warned that there was likely to be a violent reaction from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Morocco and Algeria”.

Let us not get carried away celebrating the death of one man, who’s role for the past ten-years has for the most part been symbolic. He served as an “inspiration” to many independent groups during his lifetime and now he is dead, could become an even more potent force in the radical Islamic community…


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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One Response to Bin Laden’s Death: Reactions around the world

  1. hugh paxton says:

    He exulted in the attack on the US. One of his stupidest statements was that after 9/11 attacks many Americans were converting to Islam. I watched him say it on some Arab network. This was a primitive religiously invasive comment – smash the city walls, put the conquered to the sword and those that survive ensure they’ll convert through fear and dismay.

    The man was a spoiled Saudi sheilking, and he died, not in a cave but in a minor palace.

    I have heard that he died seeking shelter behind a woman.

    He was a Goebels, a horror, a manipulator and a coward at the end. Brave at first. And rich, always rich.

    The burial at sea struck me as unjust initially, but might be right. Un-marked graves are traditionally the award for criminals.

    So, yes, I’m with the US on that decision. Expunge him. Give the deep sea crabs a treat.



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