Robert Halfon MP - Reactions to the death of Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden was killed last night by US Special Forces in Pakistan. Member of the UK Parliament Robert Halfon gives us his instant analysis
I was getting ready to go out campaigning. I hadn't had a chance to hear the news. Suddenly, my girlfriend said, "Bin Laden is dead, it's on Twitter". I thought it was a sick tweet and didn't believe it, then turned on Fox News, and saw what had been going on. I felt a sense of shock. It is hard to believe that this evil man is gone.
Some immediate reflections: First, America has shown yet again how important she is for freedom and civilisation. We must be thankful that the US is the world's super power.
Second, the death of Bin Laden is as much symbolic as practical. This represents a huge defeat for extreme totalitarian Islamism. To eliminate Al-Qaeda's Leader shows that the free world will not appease Islamists. Other mass murderers and terrorists will know that the West means business and freedom triumphs over evil.
Third, the apologists for extreme Islamism - including those who celeberated or justified 9/11, will be in a quandary: what do they do and say now? It will be interesting to see how the 'the conveyor belt' of Islamist supporting organisations in the UK will react in particular.
Third, in this moment of weakness for the Islamists, the West needs to redouble its efforts. Bin Laden's death must not become a case of Hydra's head. There must never be a Bin Laden ll.
Finally, the Republicans in the USA need to wake up and smell the coffee. Bin Laden's demise represents a deserved boost for Obama. If candidates such as Trump et al still go on about 'birther issues' and the like, the Republicans will be massacred at the polls. To have any chance at winning, they have to present a credible alternative to Obama's foreign policy, not all of which is as successful as the capture of Bin Laden.
Robert Halfon MP is the Member of the UK Parliament for Harlow. He tweets at: @halfon4harlowMP.
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