Ten years after the colossal tragedy of 9/11, US troops hoisted their flag of victory against terrorism by killing Osama bin Laden as per the orders of President Barack Obama. Osama's death would be registered as a historic event for US and the world. No wonder the Americans came down on the streets to celebrate this victory. United States should register this date as a memorable day in its history and certainly it would do so, but will Osama’s death bring any positive outcome? Since many years Osama was in a morbid condition as he was ailing with kidney failure. The question will arise what has the US achieved by killing a moribund terrorist? It can be said that Osama's death is a symbolic end of terrorism but his death will not reduce the threat of terrorism in future. His death can, in fact, trigger several attacks and motivate his followers to spar more violence across the world. Al-Qaeda recruits might renew their strategies to attack and target US citizens. Few questions about timings of Osama's death also loom in air. On one hand when US showed that it wanted to pull out of Afghanistan, it was equally important for Obama to increase his credibility.

After the deadly 9/11 twin terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, where thousands were killed, US had resolved to put an end to terrorism. In bid of final assault, US first targeted Afghanistan, but Osama and his companions managed to escape the country. On parallel lines, al-Qaeda also began its expansion. As US wreaked havoc in Afghanistan, in search of Osama, terror groups simultaneously started spreading its tentacles and gradually hatred against America amongst new recruits kept mounting. Understanding the situation, US instead of capturing Osama shifted its attention by attacking Iraq. There it could find neither nuclear weapons nor chemical weapons, but succeeded in executing Saddam Hussein. However, the US attacks on Iraq augmented hatred against America more rigorously in Muslim world. Eventually, in the eyes of Muslims, US emerged as an enemy of Islam. Earlier, as per US policy, Islam was considered to be the second most accepted religion in the world with a large number of followers. But with changing times, a few groups of followers emerged out to be synonymous with terrorism. When Barack Obama took over as US President, he changed the policy and laid more emphasis on not linking Islam with terrorism. Despite Obama's changed policy, hatred amongst Muslim countries against US still remains. Importantly, it is essential that relations between US and Muslim countries should improve in order to end terrorism. However, America alone cannot complete this mission. In the endeavour, the support of Islamic countries and especially Saudi Arabia ought to be sought. In addition, Pakistan has also to be steered in the right direction, which has become a fountain of terrorism. On one hand where Saudi Arabia has huge oil reserves and Western nations are its buyers, on the other Pakistan is armed with nuclear weapons. The problem is that neither the United States likes to get into the dialogue process with Saudi Arabia nor is willing to understand that Pakistan is the biggest centre of terrorism. This jeoparadises the world peace and image of Islam is now at stake. America should not be happy with the fact that they killed Osama but must realise this killing is a symbolic victory over the war against terrorism. India also cannot heave a sigh of relief after Osama's death, because the nuclear-armed Pakistan still remains a haven for terrorists and is plagued with an anti-India sentiment. However, India is also not ignorant of the fact that Pakistan is using Kashmir as a political mileage.

(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on May 3 in Danik Jagran , 2011 translated by the English Editorial)