Osama bin Laden is Dead

President Obama called a late night news conference to announce that Osama bin Laden is dead. He was shot in a firefight in Pakistan:

Osama bin Laden, the Saudi extremist whose al-Qaida terrorist organization killed more than 3,000 people in coordinated attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, is dead following a military operation in Pakistan and the U.S. has recovered his body, U.S. President Barack Obama announced Sunday night.

"Justice has been done," the president declared as crowds formed outside the White House to celebrate, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "We Are the Champions," NBC News reported.

Obama said bin Laden, whom he called a terrorist "responsible for the murder of thousands of American men, women and children," was killed in Pakistan earlier in the day after a firefight in a military operation that was based on U.S. intelligence.


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I generated a blog post about the Qutbist-Western Culture problem if anyone is interested: http://reactionpotential.blogspot.com/2011/05/islam-and-west.html
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But how is this going to undo the zeal of the Qutbists and is that really the best thing?

Osama Bin Laden was a follower of the ideology of Sayyid Qutb who conceived of the westernization of Islamic countries as a violation of their rights to Islamic culture, which in Islam justifies ascent to Jihad bil Saif (warfare).

There are few justifications for Jihad bil Saif but threats to the Islamic value system. Which Qutb perceived to be occuring with the growing westernization of Islamic countries and the gross interference by Russia and the United States.

Qutb and Bin Laden are dead, but Jihad bil Saif has been instigated already and that is what needs to be addressed, primarily by demonstrating to Islamic countries their autonomous right to reject western values and maintain their own.
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Being convinced of the righteousness of his cause and a religious zealot, OBL probably prayed for the souls of every innocent life lost on 9/11. I hope the faithful in the crowds cheering his demise (and I am sure there were plenty) afforded him the same courtesy.
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@Ben Eshbach, consiracy theorists/true believers call themselves skeptics and freethinkers when they are anything but.

To be truly skeptical is to employ critical thinking to assess all the available evidence as well as the quality of evidence before coming to a conclusion on a dubious claim, as well as the ability to change one's mind if new evidence is presented.

Conspiracy theorists on the other hand have already made up their mind and use confirmation bias to accept evidence that supports their argument while disregarding evidence that contradicts it as all part of the consiracy. This is not freethinking.
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