President Obama has decided not to release photos of the body of Osama bin Laden.
This is a good decision for many reasons. For one, it would be beneath the dignity of the US to show a photo of a corpse, for another it would undo the gesture of burying bin Laden’s body at sea with respect for Islamic funeral customs.
There are still people who are convinced that the Apollo moon landing in 1969 was a hoax, no photograph will stop conspiracy theories, or persuade those who want to believe them.
The point of the burial at sea was to avoid creating a focal point for bin Laden’s followers. A photo would have served as a virtual shrine to rally around. I’m relieved that our country won’t hand such a propaganda tool over to those who wish us harm.
UPDATE: Sarah Palin wants the US to release the photos.
PROOF: When I worked in photofinishing in the 1970’s, using cheap 35mm film, I was able to convincingly retouch portraits and wedding photos using graphite and water based dyes. Now I have Photoshop. What kind of proof is a photo?