The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden should be the cue for the United States to end its war on terror, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said Monday.
"Killing bin Laden is the end of the war on terror. We can just sort of announce that right now," Bergen said.
Bergen believes that the iconic nature of bin Laden's persona cannot be replaced. He says that Pakistan still is a hotbed for terrorism, and that small-scale attacks are possible.
But at some point, he says, the United States has to say the war on terror is over. Otherwise, he says, the country will fight it forever.
"Itâ€™s time to move on," Bergen said in an interview with CNN's Radio's Lisa Desjardins.
Without having to hunt down bin Laden, Bergen argues, the United States can focus on things like the rise of China and the revolutions in various Arab countries.
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