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Updated on May 6, 2011


It was extremely shocking to see former governor Sarah Palin using the phrase, "No pussyfooting around" in her tweet yesterday, urging President Obama to release the photos of Osama Bin Laden's death.

The former governor is not the only one making that request; yet, she should know that pictures have always had more impact on people's emotions.

These photos may be morbid to such an extent that, there is the possibility of them inflaming sentiments that will feed into the already hostile situations in North Africa and the Middle East.

"A picture is worth a thousand words", as the famous adage indicates.
Besides, considering the environment in which Bin Laden's death has occurred, where he may have been taken down by U.S. special forces, perhaps, in a hale of bullets, it will be obvious that he will not be recognizable.

The image would be so distorted, it would raise more doubts as to who was actually being pictured. So, just the announcement of Bin Laden's death is what people have to know and nothing else.

That was what President Obama did; and to many Americans, it was the right decision to make, under the circumstances.

Again, consider what Al Qaeda membership will do with the photos of their slain leader as propaganda to recruit more followers.

A slew of reasons are there for the news to be accepted on its face value; and she as one of the possible nominees of the GOP for the 2012 presidential race must agree that making a spectacle of the said photos will not help in any way, except for Bin Laden's followers to glean more advantage from them to boost their dwindling membership.

Showing the photos will endanger the lives of all Americans, including the men and women in uniform, who are out there protecting the U.S. each and every single day.


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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I totally agree with you Owurakwasip. I had expected uprisings in the Arab world over Bin-Laden's killing but there has been surprisingly little of that. It would be irresponsible to incite that now with those photos. Only crackpots are doubting his death and showing the photos will not dissuade them. President Obama handled this very well and Palin should do what responsible American leaders are doing now which is supporting his decision even if they do not agree.


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