COMMENTARY | Many of us felt it. "Show the pictures! I wanna see that man dead." Whether or not to release the photos of Osama Bin Laden's body became just one of the hundreds of hot topics surrounding his killing.
That surge of gratification we felt as news of Bin Laden's death hit the Internet and the news channels was powerful for most. It was a decade-long manhunt that finally proved fruitful. It was the American resolve underlined, bolded, and italicized. To the military, their families, and the people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, it was especially gratifying. Tears welled up in the eyes of many as some final closure came.
At first I wanted to see Bin Laden's body
I needed to. I even posted it on Facebook. I had that taste of blood and I wanted some visual gratification. Thankfully, according to Yahoo! News, the president and his staff took the time to evaluate the situation and not make a rash decision. Because, ultimately, releasing the photos would have ended up doing more harm than good.
It's Not Who We Are
Some people have some low opinions of this country and the way it conducts itself -- and that's fine. Those people actually justify what the military and the people who sacrifice for this democracy do. But releasing grizzly photos of the most searched after man in the world with multiple bullet wounds is just not the right thing to do. That would be bravado. Let the 10-year-long manhunt, its final resolute victory, and the continuing assault on Al Qaeda and other terrorists speak for itself.
Jay Carney, White House spokesman, said during the announcement, "The president's number one priority is the safety and security of American citizens at home and Americans abroad. There is no need to release these photographs to establish Osama bin Laden's identity," according to ABC World News.
The need to continue to fight this battle will be long lasting. There is no need to incite more hate and anger from the fanatical Muslim world toward America than already exists. Let the military do its job and do it the way it has been doing it. The only time this country is compromised is when we do it to ourselves. Keep it under wraps and let this quote from the White House be enough: "There is no question at all that Osama bin Laden is dead. He will not walk this earth again."
Complacency Works Both WaysA lot is said about Americans "forgetting" the tragedy on 9/11. Sometimes it rings true. Little of the passion for revenge is still heard these days in many circles. But with the dedication of the military, the focus of the last two administrations, and the burning anger in some, we have managed not to be attacked again, and lop the legs and head off of the terrorist organization responsible for the death of thousands of Americans.
The same must also be said of the terrorists. The safer they feel and the less anger we incite, the more complacent they will become. They are organized but spread out, and the United States and its allies disrupt their communications and operations on a daily basis. Let them numb to the danger that we are providing to them. It will result in mistakes.
And no one can tell me that bin Laden was feeling a little bit of that. IF Pakistan was helping in his hiding, then that proves this true even more so. He was at a level of comfort, surmising that with a country's protection, a town's support, and an armed platoon that he was somewhat safe. Well, you were never safe OBL -- never -- not since Sept. 11, 2001.
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