Posted by: Jeff | May 2, 2011

“A Beginning of An End of a Very Dark Era”

In his first public statement after the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad senses a significant moment for the Muslim world:

I view it as a major, mega, landmark event marking the end of the life of a person involved in terror and destruction.  Our hope [is] it will mark a beginning of an end of a very dark era.

Coupled with the rise in civic activism across the Middle East, as whole societies demand representation and an end to autocratic rule, bin Laden’s death could come at a watershed moment for the region.  As Lawrence Wright notes in The New Yorker:

Democracy and civil society are the cure for the chronic misery of Muslim countries that has fed the rise of Islamic extremism. The death of the most notorious terrorist the world has ever seen, whose mission was to create a clash of civilizations, will allow the door to open more widely to the tolerance, modernism, and pragmatism that is so badly needed and so long awaited in a part of the world where despair, corruption, brutality, and fanaticism have laid waste to so many generations.

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