Do you feel safer a year after Osama bin Laden’s death?


View Photo Gallery: Here are images showing the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed as well as Americans’ reactions to the news.

You probably remember where you were when you heard the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, but do you remember how you felt? As we approach the anniversary of the al-Qaeda leader’s death on May 2, 2011, it’s a good time for reflection.

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As the Post’s David Ignatius writes, “It has been a comforting thought for Westerners to say that he failed. ... But in terms of bin Laden’s broader goal of moving the Islamic world away from Western influence, he has done better than we might like to think.”

In your mind, how different is the world — your world — without bin Laden? Has the world changed in the past year? Do you feel safer now than you did a year ago?

Vote in our reader poll, and share your thoughts in our comments.

DisclaimerThis is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.

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