About one-fifth of my life has been spent while some American President has a media conference in which he boasts of killing off some big shot Muslim terrorist leader and thus set in motion the end of terrorism in the Middle East. As I recall, first President Bush promised to track down and kill Osama bin Laden. Then came along the black dude who showed us pictures of the military getting rid of Osama bin Laden. OK, the big honcho was now dead. So, I was informed by my government that once we got rid of the head guy, then…… The “then”part was never made clear to me. I assume they were promising me that once Osama was gone, then…. Then, what?
There is absolutely no evidence in any guerrilla war that getting rid of one top guy leads to a collapse of the entire group. It is time to end this fiasco about killing off leaders and turn our focus on how to turn young people away from terrorist activities. How anyone considered pushing for major job creation programs in the Middle East?