CBS News reported the finale to the hostage crisis with 29 terrorists and 19 hostages dead.
It would be great to close the chapter, but it seems that this is only an indication of more to come from active terrorist cells in the region.
Long term, when Americans depart the region as they become less dependent on Middle East oil, hostility toward Americans may reduce simply because they won’t be around. That is Karzai’s argument for Americans diminishing their presence in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, the world has seen that when radical Islamists are given a sanctuary to exist, they will use it as a launching pad as existence alone is not their aim. They are at war against everyone outside their sphere of thinking and belief.
The only way to address this problem is via international cooperation and concerted effort to eliminate poverty, provide security, and educate the affected populations.
“Algerian assault ends crisis, 19 hostages dead
AIN AMENAS, ALGERIA Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments. At least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist militants have been killed.”