CNN has posted an e-mail response article about Bin Laden and his relevance in the war on terror and America’s focus. I wrote in with my response today. Here is what I said:
Osama Bin Laden, to the American people, is the face of terrorism. This, of course, stems from the WTC attack and his physical organization of the Al-Qaeda and commencement of jihad. Even tho he is less and less a key player in media topics, he remains the focus and representative face of all-things terrorist in the Middle-East, regardless of his involvement.
Osama will likely be captured and/or killed — it’s just a matter of time — and truthfully, it’s a question of who gets him first — America of a nation in the Middle East. People make blanket accusations that the entire Middle East is a terrorist organization, when on the whole they’ve been a fairly civil people. Religious beliefs differ from those of Christians which causes judgement from lack of understanding, which, in turn, sparks elitism and extremism.
So yes, I think Bin Laden is still very much relevant to the American people, simply as a representative icon of what has happened since 9/11. He is also very knowledgeable about organizing groups and events, and has access to money. He is a part of terror and does need to be removed.
However — I think that the American administration needs to work with a different view to fixing problems in the Middle East. The current maneuvers are obviously not working and are only causing more hate and wrath in the international community. Bush represents America — and given that over 60% of Americans disapprove of him and his handling of countless situations — I’m embarrassed to be represented by him and his administration, and hate that people judge me based on his actions or lack thereof.