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TODAY'S QUESTION: What does the death of Osama bin Laden mean for the war on terror?

Monday, May 2, 2011 | 4:30 p.m. CDT

The announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday night was greeted with celebrations in the streets in Columbia and throughout the U.S.

Bin Laden was killed in a military operation ordered by President Barack Obama. He was killed after a firefight in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The U.S. State Department warned Americans living abroad of enhanced potential for anti-American violence, and a travel advisory for Americans abroad was issued Monday. Diplomatic facilities around the world have been put on high alert, but the national terrorism threat level has not been raised.

Defense officials said bin Laden’s body was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic law.

CIA Director Leon Panetta sent a message to CIA employees saying terrorists will likely try to avenge bin Laden’s death.

Bin Laden’s top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been expected to take over control of al-Qaida and is thought to be hiding somewhere along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Afghan officials have expressed concern that the U.S. and NATO will now withdraw from Afghanistan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that while bin Laden's death is a milestone, the battle against al-Qaida and terrorism is not over.

What does the death of bin Laden mean for the fight against terrorism? Should the U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan?


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hank ottinger May 2, 2011 | 8:25 p.m.

First off, the "war on terror" is a ridiculous misnomer; you don't wage war on a tactic. OBL, in my opinion, had become a sort of has-been, a relatively impotent, titular figure. No head of the snake, as they say. Al-Quaeda has morphed into autonomous cells, scattered hither and yon, with their own agendas, their own enemies. That said, I suspect that the killing of bin-Laden will lead to various attempts to blow up Americans overseas--as well as here at home. Here's hoping these loons are unsuccessful.

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Paul Allaire May 2, 2011 | 11:55 p.m.

It is important for someone to say that there is an objective that has been accomplished before we quit the sacrifice.

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