What’s that, Mr. President? The photos are “very graphic”? So was watching people jump to their deaths from the blazing Twin Towers, you hyperactive condescending nanny. About ten years ago, we had a national traumatic experience as we all watched thousands of people die before our very eyes when the towers collapsed. Since then, we’ve seen Daniel Pearl beheaded, Madrid subway cars blown up, London buses and trains blown up, Bali nightclubs blown up, a Beslan school turned into a massacre site. We’ve seen enough death and dismemberment of innocent civilians to last a lifetime. So pardon me for thinking that our delicate sensibilities might be able to handle seeing the man with more American blood on his hands than anyone else on the planet missing an eye and with some brain matter exposed.
What’s that? It might be “an incitement to additional violence”? Show me one extremist Muslim who’s not going to go into a violent rage over killing bin Laden, but who will do so if he sees the photos. Go out and find him. A few weeks ago, a bunch of Afghanis went on a rampage and killed a bunch of aid workers because Pastor Pyro down in Florida decided to flame-broil a Koran. A controversial book, a cartoon, the latest conspiracy theory — it doesn’t matter. These guys are just looking for excuses to run around and kill people in a frenzy.
I am tired of my government’s adjusting its policies in these inane attempts to placate the triggers of rage among unstable people — as if it’s our fault for provoking them.
The truth will set you free, even when it’s ugly or gruesome.
Truth often is ugly. A truth far uglier than graphic photos of a dead terrorist is that without their release conspiracy theories will only thrive, like kudzu. By way of recent example, consider the “birther” movement, which only gained steam the more Obama resisted releasing a simple document that could have put the whole thing to rest three years ago.
Only this time, instead of Donald Trump and orderly, generally peaceable Americans, you’ve got millions of Muslims who are easily roused to homicidal violence. And, in case you haven’t been following along, are quite prone to believing any conspiracy theory so long as it involves Jews, Christians, or Americans. I suppose an American “Jew for Jesus” would be the trifecta for the “Arab street.”
Last point: if, as our politically correct leaders so often state (Bush and Obama), that bin Laden had “hijacked” Islam, which is a “religion of peace,” then those whose faith has been so mistreated by OBL should not take offence at graphic photos of a dead terrorist. To assume that they will so take offence is to give the lie to the “religion of peace” assertion.