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After bin Laden's death, what happens next?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - There is no question that the death of Osama bin Laden will bring about a turning point in the war on terrorism.

But how soon will that change be? And could it have an impact on American relations with the Muslim world?

Most of the things that we have become accustom to in a post 9/11 world won't change.

There will still be pat downs at airports, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq won't be coming to an end anytime soon. But the ultimate direction of the world might have taken a sharp turn after the death of Osama bin Laden.

The future of the world appears slightly different now that bin Laden is gone.

But once the cheering stops, will things really be different?

"Well I hope so," said Senator Mark Warner a member of the House Intelligence Committee. Warner knows the threat of terrorism is not gone. He believes there is opportunity to find common ground with the Muslim world.

"This struggle is not against Muslims," Warner said. "This is against individuals who have no regard for rule of law, no regard for human life."

What happens after bin Laden's death could be more important than the death itself. Qasim Rashid, a UR Law student and spokesman for a national group of moderate Muslims, points to history as a way to show the possible impact.

"D-Day was profound but what happened because of it was the fall of the Nazi Empire," said Rashid. "The Emancipation Proclamation was wonderful, but what happened was the liberation of African Americans."

According to former state department official Lisa Curtis, now with the conservative think-tank, The Heritage Group, The U.S. must maximize on doubts others may be having about their connection with Al Qadea.

"There has to be some soul searching going on within the Taliban leadership about maintaining an alliance with a group, Al Qadea that just lost its founding leader."

An historic moment, and one we may not know the full impact of for many years to come.

We've posted the full interview with Senator Mark Warner on my political blog, Decision Virginia.

The Senator makes special note of the Clofsteader family from Mechanicsville, who lost their son during the USS Cole attack in 2000, engineered by Osama bin Laden.

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