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US forces kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan

My father has told me many times: “I remember where I was when JFK was killed.” I have my own memories: various disasters in the mid to late 1980s; the death of Ayrton Senna; the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the 2001 attacks on the USA.

It is hard right now to comprehend exactly what the death of the world’s most wanted man means. In a year marked by revolutions throughout an Arab world dominated by decades of cruel Dictatorships, the movement of radical Islam has been rendered less relevant than before, its argument no longer valid. This death may send a message to all radical Islamists wanting to impose their extremist ideas or wanting to attack democratic countries: there is little place for such ideals in a postmodern world where everybody now has internet access to see the benefits of living in a country with the freedom to speak, the freedom to vote, and equality between men and women. The revolutions going on throughout the Arab world have been organised thanks to the technologies provided by the free world. Last night’s events in Pakistan were broadcast by an IT worker via Twitter.

As we move further into the twenty-first century, Dictatorial regimes face a stark choice: global isolationist policies like North Korea, or openness to the world, accepting the technologies of Democracy, and the risks of losing the tyrannical power they have.

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May 2, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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