Today's Mideast protesters think little of Osama

clark1.jpg
CBS

In the nearly 10 years since Osama bin Laden went into hiding, the Arab world has changed in ways no one could have predicted. A whole generation of young people took to the streets to battle corrupt dictatorships. But they're demanding democracy - not bin Laden's brand of extremism, reports CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark.

"I don't think that al Qaeda or other similar jihadist movements have much of a future in the region as long as these revolutions are continuing," said Egyptian student activist Sarah Hawass.

Special Report: The killing of Osama bin Laden

Even in bin Laden's ancestral homeland, Yemen, some protesters applauded the news.

"Osama bin Laden deserved to be killed before he distorted the image of Islam more," said one man there.

In Libya, where the protests have turned into an armed conflict, the rebels stress they have no al Qaeda connection.

Pictures: Osama's hideaway
Pictures: Osama bin Laden
Pictures: Osama bin Laden killed - America reacts

"Thank you Obama, thank you Sarkozy," said one woman.

And the numbers in a new PEW Research poll show how its popularity has been dropping throughout the Middle East.

In Jordan confidence in bin Laden dropped from 56 percent in 2003 to just 13 percent this year. Among Palestinians the drop was from 72 percent to 34 percent in the same period.

Some leaders were bucking that trend today.

"We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab and Muslim holy warrior," said Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas through a translator.

Video: Bin Laden compound, morning after raid
Video: Bin Laden operation planned for months
Video: Did Pakistan know bin Laden's location?
Video: Osama Bin Laden: How did they get him?

But Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood found a way to say that bin Laden's death was an opportunity.

"The killing of Osama bin Laden can be a new start for a dual call, or a dual respect and search for common interests and common values that can build and make a bridge between the West and the Arab and Islamic world," said Essam el-Arian of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The biggest difference between 9/11 and 2011 is that al Qaeda is in danger of becoming irrelevant as one revolution after another sweeps through the Arab world, bin Laden was left standing on the sidelines.