Isobel Coleman

Democracy in Development

Coleman maps the intersections between political reform, economic growth, and U.S. policy in the developing world.

Pakistani Reactions to Bin Laden’s Demise

by Isobel Coleman Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A roadside vendor sells newspapers with headlines about the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore, May 3, 2011 (Mohsin Raza/Courtesy Reuters).

Since news broke of the audacious U.S. Special Forces attack on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, American emotions have run the gamut from spontaneous jubilation to a satisfied sense of closure to pride in a job well done to concern that Bin Laden’s death could spark new attacks to angst that his death is only symbolic and the fight against terror must continue.

In Pakistan, reactions have also been varied. Of course, the usual conspiracy theories abound, with many asserting that the CIA faked Bin Laden’s death to boost Obama’s ratings at the start of his re-election campaign. Various Pakistani extremist groups deny that Bin Laden is dead. Read more »