For now, at least, it's unclear what bin Laden's death might mean for al-Qaida, the terrorist group he helped organize nearly two decades ago. Bin Laden has been on the run and arguably has provided little leadership since September 11, 2001, when he staged his most devastating attack on New York and Washington D.C.
Could it be that whoever replaces bin Laden as leader will be even more dangerous? And will his death serve to feed -- not quell -- anger toward the West?
"We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior," Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas in the Gaza strip, was quoted as saying yesterday. "We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs."
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