As the word spread about the death of Osama Bin Laden, many began to wonder if the U.S. government would release photos of the terrorist’s slain body.
While the news of his death and the President’s speech was enough to close the chapter on Bin Laden for many, there are others who want and need to see proof that he has indeed met his demise.
Because of Bin Laden’s status as the leader of a mass-movement, many of his followers do not believe he is indeed dead. They point to multiple instances where he was assumed to be dead years ago, yet apparently, was still alive.
Many think releasing a photo of Bin Laden’s body would only stoke the flames of his followers, while others feel like it will not only offer closure to his victims, but also deal a moral blow to his al-Qaeda brethren.
Pentagon officials are currently debating whether or not to release the images.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
“According to Pentagon officials, photos of Bin Laden’s dead face do exist but those widely distributed on the Internet are fake. At some point, if only to convince die-hard Bin Laden followers, officials are expected to release a corpse photo, as has been done in the past when famous villains such as Che Guevara and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein were killed or captured. Additionally, such special ops are typically videotaped by mini-helmet cams to document a sensitive mission and assist in debriefing and future training.”
No matter what decision the government decides to make, one thing is clear: no matter what happens, some will never believe he’s dead, while others will celebrate his death for years to come.
What do you think, Clutchettes and Gents? Should the U.S. release a photo of Bin Laden’s body?