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    Should the picture of Osama bin Laden's corpse be public?

    I figured since this is one of the biggest news stories going on today, I figured we could discuss here exactly how you feel about the situation.

    Note: I am making this topic to be as sensitive as possible without striking any bad nerves with another person. The ideas and the replies hopefully you the reader and myself will only just be a discussion and an intellectual conversation (like all other conversations on these forums). I merely want to hear what you think and I am in no way, shape, or form trying to coerce anybody into posting the pictures if they ever become available to the public here. Also I am not going to support propaganda of any sorts, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I tried to make these points equally sided while writing out this discussion.

    Anywho, back to the main topic:

    President Barack Obama declared that the pictures that gave proof of bin Laden's death would NOT be shown the the public. His argument was that it would cause an uprise to followers of bin Laden and that it would result in creating another threat that the United States does not need.


    Those who are FOR the public access to the photos:
    However, many people speculate over the news that bin Laden may not have been killed and they they want the proof before they agree with the statements that the President and the government stated to the world. If the pictures were given, many speculations would cease and the certainty of his death would be stated as fact rather than a possible false statement issued from the United States. Also, people argue that the pictures and videos of many soldiers dying on both sides of this war was played during the news and that it further helped the viewers intellect about the war and what was really occurring. We saw the carnage on almost every channel of the events of September 11, 2001 and that was live on television, not even censored. That alone makes another reason why people are demanding the photos to be released. So it would make people feel absolutely sure that what was told had happened, did actually occur as well as feel a sense of ease and retribution for what happened almost ten years ago. The issuing of these photos as well as other forms of media of the raid and execution of gives off a "Seeing is believing" concept.

    Those who are AGAINST the issuing of photos:
    On the flip side of that, people are wary and hesitant of allowing the pictures of the corpse of Osama bin Laden to be viewed publicly because it could backlash and create an uprising with bin Laden's followers. President Obama stated during one of his interviews (and I am paraphrasing here):

    "We don't want to issue these pictures to the public for we don't want them to be taken as use for propaganda or to create a hatred for any type of person. That is why we are not allowing the public to be given access to these pictures. But I can say with the utmost certainty that Osama bin Laden has been compromised and executed."

    He does make excellent points and watching more interviews about this topic, it seems that they did their homework in making sure it was him. But doubt is always circulating around in this topic and without undeniable proof, many Americans don't exactly believe that bin Laden was actually compromised.

    So my question's to you are: Do you personally think that the United States should allow the public view of the pictures of Osama bin Laden's corpse? Would it make a difference or not to you personally if you saw them? If allowed to see the pictures, what do you think peoples reactions would be? We were given the images of September 11, 2011 and the morality and the ideas following after that greatly impacted the United States, do you think allowing these photos would do the same? Why or why not?
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    RE: Should the picture of Osama bin Laden's corpse be public?

    Obama makes quite valid arguments. Given the past responses to loss of important leaders, Al Qaeda would make a martyr out of Bin Laden to strengthen support and renew hatred for their enemies. Besides, if Al Qaeda does come upon the supposed images, then the whole network of insurgents would know for sure. Leaving them as in the dark, confused, and without a rally point would be to our advantage.

    If the declaration that Bin Laden is dead is just part of some political game, I don't see how that would change anything. Regardless of whether it is true or not, Al Qaeda will carry on; they don't seem like the type to give up after losing a leader. They are the type who will keep attacking until they have no more loyal bodies to throw at their enemy. Barring that, they'd go dormant, slowly rebuilding their pool of followers and waiting for a new leader to emerge.

    We'll know soon enough whether Bin Laden was actually killed or not, regardless of whether the photos get released or not.
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    RE: Should the picture of Osama bin Laden's corpse be public?

    I'm against photos being released. One reason is because it could be used to show him as a matyr, but for me, it's not just that.

    I feel that people who against him will also take that image and distort it. As much of an evil man he was, I dislike the thought of any images of corpses being mutilated, I see it as wrong.

    To the people who are like "well, I don't think it's true! america is lying!"

    Do you really think America would lie about that? Can you imagine the amount of deaths saying Osama is dead if he wasn't? And Osama could just go "oh no I'm not! *boom*"

    America would truly be stupid if it did that.
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    RE: Should the picture of Osama bin Laden's corpse be public?

    Osama Bin laden is just a escapegoat for the US Governments shits. As far as I know Osama Bin laden is getting faults for what I has not done.
    See ZEITGEIST and you will understand what I am talking.

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    RE: Should the picture of Osama bin Laden's corpse be public?

    why not?
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