What after Osama bin Laden is one of the great imponderables of our time. Will Al Qaeda disintegrate without its mascot, or will it go on, because Osama was the brain behind an idea, not really its executor? Will groups owing allegiance to his retrograde philosophy recalibrate their evil designs, or will they hit back to show they are still in business? Will Pakistan’s support for militant groups cease with American pressure, or will it take on new forms?
Cartoon: courtesy Prakash Shetty
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