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Release bin Laden images? Not a good idea

May 3, 2011 - Per Peterson
Put yourself in President Obama’s shoes. A couple days after addressing the nation with the good news that Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the terror of 9/11, is dead, Obama, along with other high-ranking U.S. officials, has to make a decision on whether or not to release video and photos of bin Laden, reportedly killed with a shot above his left eye. What do you do? Do you risk pouring more gasoline on the fire of Islamic sentiment by showing the pictures, which in today’s world would be accessible in a second to anyone who has wi-fi. Or do you let skeptics and conspiracy theorists continue to doubt bin Laden’s really dead? Do we still even listen to conspiracy theorists? Does the United States really need to show proof of his death? Should we trust the government when it tells us he really is dead? Trusting the U.S. government … that’s a pretty good leap of faith. U.S. officials shouldn’t let the Taliban or Pakistan or anyone persuade the them to offer up proof of bin Laden’s death. This is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly and there’s too much risk of further instigating the wrong people who might see such an action as the U.S. rubbing it in their faces that we killed bin Laden. Do we need to give them more reason to despise us and want us dead? My advice: Leave the images out of it. It’s safe to say the majority of Americans would love nothing more than to see a photograph of bin Laden with a hole in his head, but it’s too risky a move to release such images. Put yourself in Obama's shoes. What would you do?


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