Generally Speaking, Not Such a Great Year for al Qaeda

Osama bin Laden's death is the second grievous blow delivered to al Qaeda this year. The second blow was delivered by Americans, but the first blow was delivered by Arabs. Let us not forget that the Great Arab Revolt was a rebellion not only against tyranny, but against the entire  Qaeda worldview, which held that only terrorist violence would bring about the end of dictatorship in the Arab world, and an end to the oppression of Muslims by "Crusaders" and "Zionists." Tunisia and Egypt were body blows to al Qaeda, maybe more important ultimately than even the death of Bin Laden.