West:Satisfaction not Euphoria

Bin Laden's liquidation is prompting Western governments to warn citizens of possible rise in terror acts.

Aryeh Ben Hayim , | updated: 10:15 PM

Bin Laden - Dead
Bin Laden - Dead
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While the killing of Osama Bin Laden has aroused a sense of euphoria in some quarters where the feeling is that the fight against terrorism has been won, major governments are treating things differently.

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert to U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to be prepared for "the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan", an obvious reference to the attack on Bin-Laden's compound.  U.S. citizens abroad were urged "to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations."

Deutsche Welle  cited Rolf Tophoven, director of the Institute for Terrorism Research in the western city of Essen. Bin Laden may have been a spiritual role model but he was not a daily source of activity.  "Small terrorist groups have long assumed an independent existence and received orders directly from training camps or intermediaries,"

Britain needed no reminder. On Monday, 5 men were arrested near the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria, northwestern England under the Terrorism Act . According to the BBC, they were of Bangladeshi origin. There was no connection to the US action according to the authorities.