President Obama made the right decision when he announced last week that he would not release photos of Osama bin Laden?s mutilated body in the aftermath of his death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals in Pakistan.
One can only imagine how the photos might be used by some Americans, whether to flaunt them in public displays of perverted patriotism, or purposely insult Moslems at home and around the world, or even to peddle them on tasteless T-shirts.
Some say releasing the photos is important to assure the world that bin Laden is dead. But in this age of Photoshop, photographic ?proof? would never be accepted anyway by those who have decided not to accept reality.
President Obama?s decision reflected the sense of decency that we hope most Americans still embrace. ?DR