Friday, May 6, 2011

So You Want to See The Bin Laden Photos

Even if you were trapped in a cave in Alaska last week you still know that the United States has captured and killed terrorist #1 Osama Bin Laden. On Sunday night the country was in all out celebration mode as everyone felt a little bit safer. Although the level celebration was a little disturbing I was able to understand the emotion. Of course the next morning all of the pundits had to breakdown the raid of the Bin Laden compound. It was nice to hear all of the people with absolutely no law enforcement or military background talk about the faults they found in the story of most historic capture and kill of the 21st century.
I guess there are a lot of you who do not believe the story or how it happened and even some of you who don't believe that Bin Laden was actually killed. That does not surprise me because out the 300 million people in this country about a quarter of you all jump on the first possible sign of conspiracy that is available. Also if you have a political campaign that involves you possibly facing the president you might want to start some stuff also. As four of the five presidential hopefuls participating in the first GOP debate in South Carolina said they would release photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse. To be fair to the GOP these are the low level candidates who probably don't much of a change in winning like Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum. Which if we did release those photos what would that say about us as a nation. Say what you want about Osama Bin Laden, he was still a human being with a family and still deserves some dignity. If we are trying to move in the direction of being a caring and loving nation we can not stoop to tactics that are consistent with the scum that we are trying to defeat.

Reasons to Not Show the Photos
1. What would it really prove? Most rational people understand that mission took
place. You can never satisfy conspiracy theorist. If you show the photos there
will a group saying that the photos are fake.

2. Its not a good look for you country especially on an international level. As Rosie DiManoo of the Toronto Star wrote "Too many grumps are speaking out of both sides of their mouths: Americans are creepy for celebrating the killing of bin Laden — triumphalism of the poor winner — but show us the gory pictures anyway because, we’re from Missouri"

3. Just because the Saddam photos go out doesn't mean we need to see the Bin Laden Photos. We showed the capture photos of Saddam Hussein because he was taken alive. His execution photos were not ours to release. That was a decision made by the Iraqi Government. Just because one person does something wrong does not make it okay for you to do it.

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