The paper "Following Bin Laden’ s Death, Will Al Qaeda Dissolve" is a great example of a case study on military issues. The al Qaeda is an international widespread militant extremist terrorist organization established by its fallen leader Osama bin Laden in the late 1980s as highlighted by Bergen (2011). The organization functions as a global, stateless military society operating under radical Islamist ideologies that preach global Jihad (Moghadam, 2008). The al Qaeda can be considered the epitome of global terrorism and international insecurity having orchestrated attacks on civilians and military bases around the globe by using suicide bombers and implementation of instantaneous terrorist attacks on varied targets to cause as much damage and fear against its real or perceived enemies. The success of the terrorist organization has been attributed to the management style, selflessness, influence, resolve, inspiration and attacking techniques applied by its founder Osama bin Laden.
As such, he has cleverly applied low-level warfare strategies and a thousand cuts strategy to attack the perceived enemies (Gartenstein-Ross, 2011). He planned and executed the plan for the September 11 US twin tower bomb attacks, which had economic implications running into billions of dollars following the impact it had on productivity, operations at Wall Street and damage on buildings and infrastructures (Bergen, 2011). In addition, he oversaw simultaneous bomb attacks in Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa in 1998 and the 2002 Bali bombings among others.
The assassination of the al Qaeda leader in a US operation in Pakistan generates questions on whether this terrorist organization will dissolve or not since the force behind its success is dead. This report seeks to critically analyze whether following Bin Laden’ s death, al Qaeda will dissolve Will al Qaeda dissolve? Bin Laden’ s death has varied ramifications for the al Qaeda group.
Although his death is bound to alter the face of global terrorism and particularly the operations of the group, it is not likely to dissolve al Qaeda as supported by The Oppidan Press (2011). Nevertheless, his already established terrorism infrastructures and Osama’ s ideologies are more likely to live and they will be hard to eradicate. His death does not automatically generate world peace but it sure generates a sense of relief now that global terrorism cannot benefit from his experience, insights, and influence.
Although his death has occurred years since his direct attack on the US and many more years since the US and her allies vowed to capture him and end terrorism, Laden’ s death can be seen as a symbol of global unity. Unity in a fight against terrorism and is especially a win for the United States who has endured humiliation from him as discussed by Gartenstein-Ross (2011). However, it is one win over many fights that have occurred and are yet to occur. Laden’ s death may in fact harden the resolve of al Qaeda and affiliate organizations such as the Taliban and the al Shabaab.
Following the death of bin Laden, the Taliban in Pakistan were reported to indicate no signs of compromising and they saw his death as a new momentum for the group’ s mission of jihad against their invaders (DeAngelis, 2011). Al Qaeda is expected to experience varied challenges such as identifying a suitable leader who can fit Laden’ s shoes which will be difficult to do since Ayman al-Zawahiri, Laden’ s apparent heir is nothing near the fallen leader.
Be it as it may, history shows that the al Qaeda terrorist group has over time adapted to stay relevant and alive. This is illustrated by their effective and efficient communication system without using technology such as phones to safeguard against wiretaps and when they do use technology, they use high tech encryption software that generates coded messages that are difficult to break and they have mastery in defeating airport security and bringing in explosives (The Associated Press, 2011).