To release the photo, or not to release the photo?
That is the question gripping Washington today. Because, in this age of the new media, unless something can be posted online and zapped around the Internet a gazillion times, it doesn’t really exist.
And, no doubt, any photo of a dead Osama bin Laden will be the most looked at, the most reprinted, the most spat upon photo ever.
There’s only one problem with releasing the dead Osama photo, however. As Jay Carney told us yesterday at the White House, there are certain “sensitivities” that must be considered.
Pressed further, he admitted, it’s pretty “gruesome.” In other words, a big chunk of his skull is missing. Which is what happens when you’re plugged in the eye with a high-powered assault rifle.
Still, sensitive or not, my vote is: Yes, release the damned thing. Not because that’s the only way we will know for sure he’s dead. I’ve no doubt they got the right man.
But just because it’s one way to bring the whole story to conclusion. We saw the twin towers fall. That wasn’t pretty. Now let’s see the man who did it, with a bullet hole in his head.
That won’t be pretty, either. But at least we can finally say: The End.
That’s my parting shot for today.