Watching shoes dropping almost every day lately in the Arab world, I am reminded of the Renaissance, the end of the Dark Ages – when Europe dropped its centuries of dark religious tyranny and invented the modern world. If there is a parallel, this Arab Spring will be many years unfolding.
I stumbled across this earlier today before I had to leave (long day out!). It’s an interesting take on bin Laden, Al Qaeda, Pakistan – the whole mix of who, what, when, where and why. It’s in Asia Times and is a good read.
It is hard to conclude otherwise, that Bin Laden died this week because people who knew his whereabouts chose this particular moment to inform the US authorities. What has changed? The simple answer is: everything has changed. Instability in the Muslim world has reached a level that makes Bin Laden redundant.