Post bin Laden death, keeping a straight face about Pak will be difficult for US, othersMay 3rd, 2011 - 2:48 pm ICT by ANI
New York, May 3 (ANI): An editorial in the New York Times has said that it would be very difficult for the United States or any other country to keep a straight face, or keep from screaming after nailing the most hunted man in the world - Osama bin Laden n a million dollar compound located an hour’s drive from Pakistan capital Islamabad.
The fact that Sunday’s firefight took place close to both a military training academy and a large military base, will create further suspicion and disbelief in the international community if Pakistani officials claim they have no idea where Taliban commander Mullah Muhammad Omar or dozens of other extremist leaders are hiding.
According to the NYT editorial, in ordering the elimination of Osama bin Laden through a Special Forces operation, rather than a bombing, President Obama has shown that he is a strong and measured leader.
It further says Obama’s vow that the country will “remain vigilant at home and abroad” was an important reminder that the danger has not passed.
His affirmation that the “United States is not and never will be at war with Islam” sent an essential message to the Muslim world, where hopes for democracy are rising but old hatreds, and leaders who exploit them, are still powerful.
Obama rightly affirmed that this country will be “relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies” - but “true to the values that make us who we are.”
Obama should use this moment to clearly state American support for all in the Muslim world who are yearning for peaceful, democratic change. Their victory will be the true defeat of Bin Laden. (ANI)
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