As you would expect – lets comment on the reactions to the US elimination of Osama bin-Laden who has in hiding in Pakistan.
First, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu thanked US President Barack Obama in a phone call saying that the action was a “clear message against terrorism” and a “resounding victory for justice.”
The Palestinian Authority said the incident could advance the peace process while Hamas's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh condemned the elimination. He mourned the assassination of the 'fighter of Jihad' by American special forces, who he called the 'enemies of Arabs and Islam'.
For most part the man on the street in the Palestinian areas was sympathetic to bin-Laden as one who stood up in the name of Islam against the West.
However, leaders of Arab nations are responding a bit more cautiously to the elimination of bin-Laden.
The general population elsewhere in the Arab world has expressed empathy to the leader who brought struggle against the West into the main stream.
In many ways it is impossible to say that the world is a safer place today, after the elimination of Osama bin Laden.
But sadly the world now awaits when a terrorist will try to be the first to perpetrate a revenge attack.
There is no doubting that bin Laden had to go – and the race is on in the intelligence community to understand the materials they collected from his hide out – and go after those who are likely to continue the radical violence against those who are different, and whom they envy.
Middle East Correspondent