Is there hope for Peace

How Will Bin Laden’s Death Affect Terror Movements?

The death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could temporarily dampen but not put an end to radicalism and terrorism activities, including in Indonesia, experts said on Monday.

Osama was killed on Sunday in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, US President Barack Obama announced.

The head of Indonesia’s National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Ansyaad Mbai, said there were two possible reactions from terror groups — they could reduce their activities or retaliate.

“In the long term it will have positive effect,” he said. “We hope radicalism will lessen because the main figure was killed.”

The chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama National Board (PBNU), Said Aqil Siroj, was less optimistic.

“Don’t be too happy for Osama’s death because it will not automatically eliminate radicalism from the face of the earth,” Said Aqil said, adding that the US military only killed bin Laden and not radicalism. Read more

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