Jon Stewart is not so sure seeing the Osama bin Laden death images will solve anything.
“A photo will end the speculation, just like the Zapruder film put a rest to all that JFK business,” he said on Monday night’s Daily Show.
Eh, maybe not but what are the other reasons for holding the photos? Americans cannot handle gore, you say?
Well, that’s just ridiculous. Every night, we watch CSI, etc. by the millions, shows that begin with a bullet flying through someone’s face. Said dead person is then discovered by a “child on a bike.”
Stewart had a suggestion: “You know what? Let us help with the autopsy.”
And then it got all serious. And important.
“Personally the best reason in my mind for releasing the photos is that we’ve been fighting this war for nearly 10 years — thousands of US deaths, tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis have died — and we’ve seen nearly zero photographic evidence of it.”
“Remember how long the media had to fight to show military coffins returning from overseas? You probably don’t remember because you saw pictures of it the day they won the case and then not since.”
“Maybe we should always show pictures. Bin Laden. Pictures of our wounded service people. Pictures of maimed innocent civilians. We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is, and not as a video game where bodies quickly disappear leaving behind a shiny gold coin.”
“By the way, the White House announced today it officially decided not to release the bin Laden photo. Instead, to keep it a secret, they are going to air drop it into an affluent Pakistani suburb so it won’t be found for years.”