Pictures create a martyr

My mini-unscientific poll agrees with President Obama’s decision not to release the pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s body and his subsequent burial at sea.  Before the President made his announcement, I had polled a group of fewer than half a dozen people at my health club.  Only one thought the pictures should be in the public domain.   A common argument against it is  the belief that terror groups would use the images to promote Bin Laden as a martyr.   Regardless of what the President does, my guess is that the pictures will be seen world-wide.  Somebody will leak them.  Somebody will buy them.


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