This special program on Al Jazeera English features an in-depth, wide-raging discussion among regional experts on the present and future of terrorism in the Greater Middle East. They consider the nature and reach of al-Qaeda and contrast it with the Taliban. Panelists compare OBL’s rhetoric and reality, finding that despite OBL’s rhetorical references, al-Qaeda never really had a discernible “social program.” From the episode description:
Osama bin Laden is dead. The world’s most wanted man has finally been killed after a hunt that lasted more than a decade, triggered global wars, and cost the lives of tens of thousands of people.
But will this be the end of terrorism, or is al-Qaeda now a global franchise that will replicate itself no matter what has happened to its most famous founder?
What does it mean for US wars in the Muslim world?
And will the US actions unleash a new wave of attacks around the world?
Joining us to discuss these issues are: Tariq Ali, a historian, political activist and the author of The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad; Farwaz A. Gerges, a historian, the director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and the author of Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy; and Vali Nasr, a professor of international politics at Tufts University, a former senior advisor to the Obama administration for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the author of Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What it Will Mean for the World.