Post by Jason Thompson on May 5, 2011 6:57:59 GMT -4
I think showing images is the modern equivalent of sticking heads on spikes, and just as barbaric. As much as I feel some level of relief that Bin Laden has been finally dealt wth, I think the celebrations and cries for public displays of images of his corpse are quite repulsive and show human behaviour at its worst. On the day of 9/11 there were scenes of people cheering and celebrating the destruction of the towers and the deaths resulting, and I found those extremely unpleasant to see on the news. The recent scenes of crowds of Americans celebrating evoked precisely the same feelings.
The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views." The Doctor, Doctor Who: The Face of Evil.
I think showing images is the modern equivalent of sticking heads on spikes, and just as barbaric.
That actually happened to an ancestor of mine and is the reason I speak with a Texas accent rather than sounding like I am from Lancashire. In a round about way.
The photo will be released at some point because it is a document of historical importance. But the time for the release is when it becomes primarily an object of historical curiosity rater than one of prurient interest. When for instance it is in the Obama library, which will be a minimum of four years from now. The primary idea is to not give the impression that the government is gloating over his death. People gloat over revenge and naturally some people want revenge on bin Laden. But a hallmark of the desire to carry out justice is a more solemn demeanor, and Obama has carried this one well.
For those who wish to maintain an illusion, ignorance is the best source of knowledge.
Post by redneckr0nin on May 6, 2011 11:21:00 GMT -4
No need to post a photo really as just seen Al Qaeda just confirmed that he's dead. I'm sure Wikileaks will have it soon enough I'm imagining. I've already seen more than enough head shots in my day. Hopefully people move on and focus on the things that we as a global society need to change.