To End Terror and Tyranny 

This article was originally published on on May 5, 2011 

Osama Bin Laden’s death was not caused by the U.S. navy seals in that early Pakistani morning. He was killed the moment Muhammad Bouazizi set himself on fire. 

That unemployed young Tunisian marked the beginning of end of the Al-Qaeda way of problem solving. 

Bouazizi chose to burn his body instead of exploding himself. He didn’t listen to the Al-Qaeda clerics who have been preaching hatred, disappointment, and violence for years. 

Osama Bin Laden couldn’t have been more dead than the day Egyptian youth preferred Tahrir Square to the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. 

The democracy spring in this region didn’t put an end to the freezing winter of tyranny only but also debunk the ideological bases of terrorism. 

Terrorists and tyrants in the MENA region were interdependent for many years. The terrorists used the long years of injustice and dictatorship as a reason to justify using violence. Similarly, the tyrants used the threat of terrorism to stay power. They always presented terrorism as the alternative for themselves. They told the world that when they go, Bin Laden will replace them. But the youth-led revolutions throughout Islamic world proved both tyrants and terrorist wrong.

The terrorists and the tyrants have the same worldview. They use different means to reach the same ends which is a society of the same color with no different point of view. They like it when there is not “the other” out there. The terrorists and the tyrants are responsible for all the destruction and corruption experienced in this region of the world.

So the Muslim spring came to put an end to both of these diseases. It showed that the people in this part of the world are as willingly to embrace change, liberty and democracy as all the other free nations of the world are. 

The U.S. navy seals get the credit of ending the physical threat of Bin Laden, but the Middle Eastern youth get the praise of ending terrorism and tyranny. They might not use the same military methods the U.S. military use, but their method is certainly more fruitful.