Bin Laden, One Year Later

first_img During the commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of the world’s most-wanted man, after a manhunt that lasted a decade and cost billions of dollars, brought to an end by the SEALs in Abbottabad, in Pakistan, some obscure points and uncertainties with regard to the future of international terrorism and the terrorist network that he led can now be seen more clearly. With the disclosure of part of the thousands of secret documents confiscated in his hiding place, the conclusion is that the once-powerful al-Qaida, capable of destabilizing international politics and shaking global economic markets, no longer exists, at least not in the form in which we came to know it through the mega-attacks that it sponsored in various parts of the world during the last decade. In these historical documents that have now entered the public domain, Osama bin Laden himself recognizes the fragility of the organization he created, with the need for decentralization and the increasing lack of trust in that organization by Muslims, due to the thousands of innocent victims who perished indiscriminately in its attacks, including Muslims. However, the most important discovery is certainly that, contrary to what many specialists believed, he was still active and posed an enormous risk to the Western democracies, since he was planning new mega-attacks, especially against U.S. targets. Today, al-Qaida is a fragmented and unstructured network, without the financial support it received previously, with several failed attempts and small-scale attacks, committed by “lone wolves” who sought publicity for the group for little more than the notoriety that also comes with it. In addition, due to the constant failures accumulated over the years, with a leadership lacking the same charisma and some of its old and experienced collaborators imprisoned or dead, it becomes difficult to convince people to die in a war already considered lost by many of the same extremists who promoted jihad in the recent past. Although it would not be wise to underestimate terrorism, the tendency is that the network created by Osama bin Laden still remains a regional threat with the rise of various cells of local sympathizers, especially in the Maghreb region, and that it can spread rapidly. Fortunately, however, it no longer constitutes a global threat, at least for the moment, insofar as security and defense technologies have evolved a great deal since 9/11, and the international community is more aware of the risks that international terrorism and its connections pose. Nevertheless, al-Qaida will always remain a myth in people’s imaginations, a synonym of extremist terror that scarred a decade, but that nowadays is part of a cycle that ended with the death of its chief and most charismatic leader and sponsor. André Luís Woloszyn is a strategic affairs analyst and consultant to international organizations on issues of terrorism and low- and medium-intensity conflicts By Dialogo May 07, 2012last_img read more

Josh Hart leads Lakers to victory over Clippers in season finale

first_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead The Lakers and Clippers hardly resembled the teams that began 2017-18, when Ball got a rude welcome to the NBA from Beverley and the Lakers were no match for their hallway rivals in a season-opening 108-92 beatdown back on Oct. 19. Ball had only three points on 1-for-6 shooting.Ball was unavailable to play Wednesday because of a sore left knee.Beverley has been sidelined since undergoing right knee surgery Nov. 22.Andre Ingram, the Lakers’ feel-good story, kept the crowd enthralled with his every dribble, pass and shot. He scored five points one night after making his NBA debut and scoring 19 points after spending 10 seasons in the G-League, including this one.Lou Williams, the Clippers’ feel-good story, couldn’t play because of a sprained right ankle that sidelined him for the final two games. Williams led the Clippers with averages of 22.6 points and 5.3 assists and is a heavy favorite to be named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.“Overall, I think it was a successful season,” Williams said. “I would say that based on what we had. I think a lot of teams would have folded a long time ago. A lot of team that would have been put in the position we were in, it probably would have been over a month or so ago.” Josh Hart scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Lakers, who led almost from start to finish. Hart made 9 of 15 shots, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range. The Lakers, who were 17 of 39 from beyond the arc, led almost from start to finish, including by as many as 22 points in the third quarter. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant PreviousLos Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Tobias Harris #34 grabs a rebound away from the Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Clippers Tobias Harris #34 reacts after being called for a fouls as teammates Tyrone Wallace #13 and Sam Dekker #7 stand nearby during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #31 and Thomas Bryant #31 collied while going after a loose ball during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 lays the ball up during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Montrezl Harrell #5 shoots the ball during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Ivica Zubac #40 grabs a rebound away from the Clippers Sam Dekker #7 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Tyrone Wallace #12 dunks the ball as the Lakersu2019 Ivica Zubac #40 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Julius Randle #30 shoots as the Clippers Tobias Harris #34 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell #0 goes to the hoop as the Lakersu2019 Brook Lopez #11 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan #6 is fouled by the Lakersu2019 Josh Hart #5 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan #6 grabs a pass as the Lakersu0092 Brook Lopez #11 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant blocks a shot by the Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell (0) during Wednesday’s ragged season finale at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and guard Austin Rivers defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan and Lakers coach Luke Walton end their seasons with a handshake after their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 and the Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 battle for a rebound during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 shoots as the Clippers Boban Marjanovic #51 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Alex Caruso #4 lays the ball up during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 drives to the basket during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu0092 Tyler Ennis #10 passes the ball as the Clippers Sam Dekker #7, Boban Marjanovic #51 and Tyrone Wallace #12 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 shoots as the Clippers Boban Marjanovic #51 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #10 passes the ball as the Clippers Tyrone Wallace #12 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers C.J. Williams #9 passes the ball in-between the Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #10 and Travis Wear #21 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II vie for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, of Croatia, grabs a rebound away from Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 37The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Lakers and Clippers had one final run before hanging the “Gone Fishing” sign on Staples Center. Meaningless games are now the norm for the Lakers, who missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, but something new for the Clippers.Neither team looked as it was intended, with the Lakers playing without injured regulars Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Isaiah Thomas and the Clippers going without Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Jawun Evans, Danilo Gallinari, Milos Teodosic and Lou Williams.The game barely resembled NBA basketball, a ragged 48-minute finale.By night’s end, the injury-depleted Lakers defeated the injury-depleted Clippers 115-100. The Lakers ended their season with a 35-47 record, the most victories they’ve had since they won 45 in 2012-13, which also was the last time they advanced to the playoffs.center_img The Clippers finished with a 42-40 record, their fewest wins in a full 82-game season since going 32-50 in 2010-11, the season before Chris Paul landed in their laps instead of the Lakers’ because of “basketball reasons,” in the immortal words of then-commissioner David Stern.The Clippers’ streak of consecutive playoff appearances ended at six.Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 23 points. DeAndre Jordan scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in what could be his final game with the only team for which he has played during his 10-season career. He can opt out of his contract, although there’s been no indication he will.“Whenever that time comes, we’ll address it, and figure out what’s the best option for me and my family and my career,” Jordan said of possibly opting out and signing elsewhere. “I want to be where I’m wanted and I want to continue my career where I have a chance to contend and win again.“That’s really what I’m looking at.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers – “It was a full team effort tonight, which I thought was fitting for our season that we’ve had and what we’ve tried to emphasize as far as the type of culture we want,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “And I thought it was nice that everyone kind of got a chance to kind of do their thing and different guys contributed throughout the game.”The Lakers are ascending because of Ball, Ingram, Kuzma and other young players.The Clippers are rebuilding without falling to pieces after trading Paul and Blake Griffin.What happens next is anyone’s guess.The NBA draft lottery is May 15. The draft is June 21. Free agency begins July 1.It’s highly likely each team will look far different when 2018-19 training camps being next fall.Related Articleslast_img read more