The Dead Osama Bin Laden Photos
Is there, once again, excessive precaution about releasing the photo of Osama Bin Laden dead with part of his skull missing? Is the fear about Arab sensibilities and Islam excessive? Or, as some hint, has there been some sort of mishandling of evidence in this episode?
President Obama has cited just about every reason under the sky as to why the one photo of Osama Bin Laden, showing what it looks like when a bullet hits your hear, should not be released. Some reasons are reasonably legit, some are treating the Americans as if they are immature.
But as this is story unfolds, one cannot help but get a scintilla of suspicion that they myth that Osama Bin Laden is not dead could be true. What we know is that the raid did occur, a helicopter was downed, and it is very probable that the Pakistani ISI intelligence knew he was there. Someone in that organization knew. What we do not know is what happened. At first, we were told that Osama was resisting and armed, then, no, he was not armed but was threatening. We first heard that a woman was used a shield by one, however, later, she was simply caught in the crossfire. We heard that none of the Seal team will ever talk about it. Yet, the story does change. The only eyewitness remaining to the killing is Osama's 12 yr. old daughter who was there and now in Pakistani hands. She is not talking.
Already, conspiracy theories exist. As one Pakistani general said, unless proof is released, a myth will develop that he was not killed. Americans are use to gruesome photos from the beheadings of extremist. You Tube had them and anyone could find them. Since when is the President our censor? How would a terror group use it any more than other killings? how would it incite even more uprising? Everyone knows there will be another terrorist attack and another and another. Already, there are fake photos of Osama with a Photoshop edit showing brains splattered about. Beware, by clicking on the image you may get a virus attack!
Why was his body so quickly and secretly disposed of? In a normal homicide, great suspicion would be casted on this! It is called, destroying evidence, and Obama, a lawyer, knows this. Most homicides have an autopsy of the body, yet, none of it happened. The body could have been given a quick autopsy, just to dispell the critics. As to not releasing the photos, who has not seen at least one photo or movie showing bullets mowing down a human, does Bonnie and Clyde (1968) ring a bell? The movie is still the best on this crime duo and is graphic even for today. I mean, you see it, say its gross, and in this case, then say, "cool". He is dead. Any responsible parent would not allow their kids to see it. Thus, the reasons for not releasing the photo are bogus and serves only to create the smell of an untruth.
Was Osama Bin Laden actually killed? To me, how it was done is irrelevant, but not showing a photo of him as proof is Obama's bad decision. The release of the photo will show he is dead. Not releasing it simply allows Jihadists to create disinformation in illiterate countries in that region that makes the USA look more untrustworthy.