Andrea Mitchell   |  May 02, 2011

Relief, anger flood the Arab world

While Americans and many of their allies celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, in the Arab world emotions are mixed. Al Jazeera’s Abderrahim Foukara discusses.

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>>> and while americans and many allies celebrate the death of osama bin laden , in the arab world there is a mix of relief and some anger over the killing. for more on all the reaction to this news, we're joined by abdaleen fukara. good to see you again. let's talk about the reaction. how would you assess the general reaction around the world, in the arab world ?

>> well, there has been a diversity of it, many governments have hailed the development as a historic one and praised the administration of president obama . remember, that al qaeda has killed people not just in the united states , but across the arab and muslim world . but there is also been some skepticism, remember that people have been hearing about bin laden and the chase, the bin laden chase in that part of the world since 9/11 and a lot of people have by saying, come on, be serious, it takes how many years, how many decades does it take to track somebody like osama bin laden . even before the so-called arab spring, the people demonstrating for freedom and democracy, many people started shrugging about what happens to bin laden or what the u.s. does with him.

>> there is facial recognition system, the body has been buried at sea, specifically to avoid creating some kind of iconic landmark that would attract -- become a focus for future terrorists. is that persuasive or does it matter?

>> i mean, anything that -- almost anything, almost anything that successive u.s. administrations have said about bin laden has been viewed with a lot of skepticism. remember, after 9/11 at that time the bush administration went to the muslim world and said this is the evidence that he did it and showing it.

>> so many people will not be --

>> some people will not be persuaded. with this one, having dumped his body at sea that will raise more questions than settle questions.

>> will there be a counterreaction where people are angry and even -- become more anti-american as a result?

>> people who want to be anti-american will find this an occasion to express their anti-american sentiment or more of it. across the board, with what happened in tunisia and egypt, signs of hope that the arab and muslim world is moving in a different direction, i think quite frankly the reaction, long-term, is not going to be anything significant. people will continue this rui shrugging their shoulder over it.