MESS Report-Israel News – Haaretz Israeli News source.

his killing is nothing less than a triumph for American military deterrence. It is a symbolic victory in a war whose battlefield is public opinion, and where symbolism rules supreme.The fact that a team of U.S. solders can reach bin Laden’s hideout and take him out, without any casualties on the American side, sends a message to all al-Qaida supporters: The United States is no longer a paper tiger and it has the ability to reach anyone who tries to hurt it. Or, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, this is “a lesson to the whole world.”

primarily it rehabilitates the image of the U.S. military, which, while making substantial gains in Afghanistan in recent years, has lacked the kind of symbols that would strike a chord with the Middle Eastern consciousness.

via MESS Report-Israel News – Haaretz Israeli News source..

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