Let us hope the death last night of the world’s “top terrorist” in US eyes will lead to closure and a change of policy after the dreadful events of the twin towers nearly ten years ago. Bin Laden’s death in Pakistan could be used to achieve an earlier exit from Afghanistan, as that was an invasion justified by the need to secure it against terrorist use.
The USA’s relationship with Pakistan now becomes even more important to the USA’s general relationship with the Middle East. It would be good if US reticence over intervention in Libya led to a general reappraisal of the wisdom of military intervention from outside at a time of simultaneous internal Arab revolts and revolutions. Sometimes the West should accept it cannot control or direct events, and it may be better to leave others to sort out the governing arrangements in their own countries.