Osama's death will not waver Al Qaeda terrorism efforts, professors say

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

May 2, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.

Questions arose almost immediately after President Barack Obama officially announced the death of al-Qaeda's inspirational leader Osama bin Laden on Sunday night.

And rightly so, said Keith Akins, an assistant professor of criminal justice from University of Houston-Victoria's Sugar Land campus.

What does the death of the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks really mean?

Any answer is somewhat premature, Akins said.

"It feels nice to finally kill the guy who did that to us, but it won't impair the function of al-Qaeda at all," he said. "This is absolutely not the end."

Cheers of "U.S.A.," on every major news network Sunday night weren't distasteful in the least, said Akins, who specializes in terrorism and religious violence.

"I don't know why you can't cheer one victory without realizing there is still a struggle," he said.

Akins expects small scale terrorism and violence around the world to continue, and if any large scale terroristic attacks did happen, it would take time, he said.

The big issue the United States will be following is the nation's relationship with Pakistan, Akins said.

Osama was killed in a mansion close to the capital of Pakistan, a country which has outright demanded billions of dollars of aid in the U.S.' anti-terror efforts.

"They've said they're playing a double game," he said. "We need a reassessment of our relationship with Pakistan."

Dr. Joseph D. Sekul, a Victoria college professor of political science, has some concentration in foreign policy and assumes the United States will soon raise the threat level.

"It's just logical that his followers will try and carry out some retaliation," he said.



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