Thursday, May 05, 2011

Kudos To Obama...

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1:  In this handout image...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Kudos To Obama for deciding not to publish the death-photos of Osama Bin Laden.  I think he made a good call on this one. The Muslim world would only profess outrage (while at the same time denying the photos' authenticity) -- it would be lose-lose for the West.

On another front,  Obama's rush to ground zero strikes me as political opportunism and a bit unseemly.

More dignified to be presidential and remain in the White House.
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Anonymous said...

Strike while iron is hot so they say....God forbid he should wait until September 11th to honor those that died. I think it is all political for sure...kill the instigator and rush to the aftermath make for good political hay.

Cranky or Just A Crank said...

I completely disagree.

I think that it always important to put everything out there to test the liars, hypocrites and greivance merchants. Let them reconcile the wholesale outrage that the publication will bring with their repeated claims that Osama is not a muslim posterboy.

On a practical note, if there are photos they are going to get out anyway and failing to publish them will just invite speculation of a hoax. Did the long-form birth certificate fiasco teach him nothing? If he had disclosed it immediately - end of story. By dragging it out it looked like he had something to hide and which leads to the next conspiracy theory - that the certificate was cooked up with photoshop.

Anonymous said...

He's just preserving Osama's dignity. He also did that by having him "buried" within 24 hours as in Muslim tradition and by having a Muslic prayer said over his body. And we got to see the end of Saddham Hussein - why should Osama be spared? And why should he be treated with any consideration?

Attila said...

Funny, I don't remember such concern over retaliation from the left when they were busy trying to publish the Abu Ghraib photos far and wide. The was no benefit to doing that except the political. The OBL photos would at least serve as proof he is dead and allow closure to many who were affected by 9/11.

RkBall said...

Attila -- very good point. I'm willing to reconsider.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"