03. May 2011
The death of the dreaded fugitive and terrorist Osama Bin Laden has taken the media by storm. The amount of publicity his death has received is not astounding as Bin Laden is was the most wanted from the most wanted list on the FBI. That is why bringing down such a man would not only be dangerous but the aftermath that would follow would be much worse than that.While more consequences are awaiting to take form , I am listing one of them.
Osama Bin Laden was from an elite Saudi Arabian family of rich and powerful people. His father was a prominent businessman and was well connected to the Saudi royal family. So Bin Laden used his financial leverage to finance holy wars and terrorist groups early one. The biggest asset to Al Qaeda and Osama himself, was not only the manpower and firepower he had, but his very appearance. Osama Bin Laden gained so much notoriety for his terrorist activities that his own face had become a symbol or an entity for war or terrorism. So to put it in simple words, the thing that was the most valuable to the Al Qaeda was Osama Bin Laden himself.
But since his demise has stripped Al Qaeda of its main asset, the Al Qaeda is starting to lose its edge. There were a number of INCIDENTS that already stated that Al Qaeda has started to lose its financial power for some time now. The main financiers of the organizations like Abdul Gani where already killed by US agents some time ago. The people in the organization are also facing fierce competition from rivals in the middle east where riots and street violence is common. Because of all these factors, the Al Qaeda territories in other middle eastern countries are forced to server contact with the main operation and function on their own. All this has left the organization in a massive cash setbacks and they are encouraging their members to engage in more criminal activites such as stealing, etc to keep themselves a float.
So as a whole the aftermath is kind of ambiguous in results and while the good part means that Al Qaeda has almost lost half its strength, the bad part means that now they are bound to commit more crimes to stay cash flow positive. The US and other concerned authorities should now when the time is ripe and take action accordingly.