Osama not a martyr, but a mass killer of Muslims: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton said the State Department is now working on a narrative "that will convince people Osama was a murderer, not a martyr

Washington: Slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead in his hideout by Special US forces in Pakistan, was a mass killer of Muslims and not a martyr as a few people are trying to portray, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

In her remarks to the National Conference of Editorial Writers, Hillary Clinton said the State Department is now working on a narrative "that will convince people he was a murderer, not a martyr," and that bin Laden murdered more Muslims than anyone else.

"He was a mass killer of Muslims," she said.

Noting that bin Laden had tremendous sway with so many
impressionable people in many parts of the world, Hillary Clinton said
the US is already seeing something of an effort by the
al Qaeda remnants to decide who comes next.

"Any succession crisis provides an opportunity. A lot
of people say al-Zawahiri will step into it. But that`s not so
clear. He doesn`t have the same sense of loyalty or
inspiration or track record," Hillary Clinton said.

"So I think his death, his removal from the
leadership, along with two very important points that need to
be remembered is that Taliban did not give up al Qaeda when
President (George) Bush asked them to after 9/11, because of
Mullah Omar`s personal relationship with bin Laden. That`s
gone, so I think it opens up possibilities for dealing with
the Taliban that did not exist before," she hoped.

Hillary Clinton said the effort to stop al Qaeda and its syndicate of terror will not end with the death of bin Laden.

"In Afghanistan, we have to continue to take the fight
to al Qaeda and its Taliban allies. Perhaps now they will take
seriously the work that we are doing on trying to have some
reconciliation process that resolves the insurgency," she

Responding to questions, Hillary Clinton said there`s no doubt
that al-Qaeda is somewhat decentralized, but that bin Laden
remained the brains behind the operation and the inspiration.
"He was the person who people pledged loyalty to when
they joined al Qaeda. It wasn`t to an organisation; it was to
an individual," she said.

"So our message to the Taliban hasn`t changed; it just
has even greater resonance today. They can`t wait us out, they
can`t defeat us; they need to come into the political process
and denounce al Qaeda and renounce violence and agree to abide
by the laws and constitution of Afghanistan," Hillary Clinton said.

"We have a very close relationship with Pakistan, and
it was crucial in finally leading us to bin Laden. So the work
that was done over many years had many contributors, including
our partners in Pakistan," Hillary Clinton said in her remarks on
Monday, according to the transcripts provided by the State
Department today.

"We`re going to be working to bolster our partnerships
even now, particularly as people are digesting this news.
We`re going to look for ways to put this into the context of
the larger debate we`re having here at home about what it
takes to stay engaged in the world," she said.


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