Thursday, May 05, 2011

Release of Not To Release Bin Laden Death Photos?

The debate over whether or not to release the death photos of Osama bin Laden is interesting. Both sides of the argument have decent points. However, I come down on the side of full disclosure -- the photos should be released.

The key constituency is the American people, not those that already hate America. It is not going to incite additional violence as President Obama claims. If there are 10 million people that want violence against the USA, will these photos somehow double or triple that number?

There is no more real risk that these photographs will inflame Muslim or Arab sensibilities any more than the photographs of the dead Saddam Hussein or his sons did.

These images should not be any more disturbing than any other gruesome photos are. The photos of a few of the others killed in Abbottabad are no less disturbing. Newspapers printed gangster deaths in the 19020s. TV and Hollywood do not hold back from what they show us. How about video games? Come on, the gruesome argument no longer flies (sadly).

Sure, there will be a contingency that will say that the photos are not real, rather a product of Photoshop edits. Some people are conspiracy theorists at heart. No evidence with sway them. God bless them. I am glad they exist. I am not one of them.

Bin Laden is not a trophy. We have already shown that we are not fans of long-lasting triumphalism. I was bored of this story within a half-day. What the photos will help communicate is that bin Laden's end result will be the outcome lesson for all terrorists. The brutality of his death is key to the message.

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