EDITORIAL - Bin Laden photos not being released

Staff Writer
Woodford Times


Less than a week after releasing his birth certificate to quiet ridiculous claims, President Obama finds himself in an eerily similar situation.

After ordering a Navy Seals operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, the president is being unfairly asked for proof of the terrorist leader’s demise due to his quick burial at sea.

Since apparently taking the president and military at its word is a thing of the past, various polls have shown that the majority of Americans want the post mortem photo of bin Laden to be released.

Nevermind the fact that the photo is reportedly gruesome, showing his skull being split in half with blood and human tissue everywhere, people are clamoring for the photo to be released.

What they aren’t taking into consideration is the impact the release could have on our soldiers and our country.

When a lunatic pastor burns a copy of the Koran and the extreme Muslim world turns to violence, we can only assume that their reaction to seeing their political and religious leader bloodied could be just as deadly.

Our military is in a tough fight in the Middle East the way it is already, and the government doesn’t need to do anything to make their job any tougher.


The president made the wrong choice by deciding not to release photos or video of Osama bin Laden’s lifeless body.

President Obama said his decision was about American values. “That’s not who we are. We don’t trot this stuff out as trophies,” he said.

Others with Obama’s ear, however, were concerned about violence. To believe they did not influence the president’s decision is a stretch.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton consulted with Middle East allies and found   none thought the release of the photos would be in their interest. Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates then expressed fears the images would stoke anti-American violence overseas.

Short of completely abandoning our way of life and adopting a radical Muslim way of life our citizens will always be in danger at home and abroad. The mere existence of the American way of life is enough to incite fanatical Muslim terrorists to violence.

Mom, apple pie and Chevrolet and everything else about America like freedom of press, religion and speech is a problem for them. Women having rights is a problem for them.

By not releasing the photos the terrorists win again. The administration has sent a clear message to terrorists that we are still afraid and that they can shape how we govern and live.