What did the death of Osama bin Laden mean for al Qaeda and America’s chances of being attacked again by that terrorist organization? Will bin Laden become a martyr?
Possibly, says investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. After returning from Afghanistan, Scahill shares what he learned while reporting from the heart of Taliban territory about the real threat to American interests.
“What I saw, there was a new generation of radicals and militants that are rising up that really don’t see themselves as connected to Osama bin Laden or loyal to the old Taliban leadership,” says Scahill.
“If there’s a real threat now that we have to look at,” Scahill continues, “it’s the blow-back that could be caused from our own actions and policies over this past decade on the one hand in waging these wars against people that had nothing to do with 9/11; on the other hand, supporting these dictators that have been toppled in nonviolent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.”
Watch the full conversation and join the discussion. Ten years after the attacks of September 11, what direction should U.S. foreign policy be headed in? Is our “war” against al Qaeda a prudent one?