Five years after the death of Osama Bin Laden, The White House has not released any pictures of his exquisite corpse.
We’ve been treated to photos and video of Saddam Hussein swinging from the gallows. We’ve even seen postmortem pictures of Uday and Qusay, Saddam’s sons after U.S. Special Forces did what they do best. So why not Bin Laden? America wants to mock his lifeless body. We need to create more dead terrorist memes to help fight the cyber war on terror.
Is there a reason why we have no Osama Dead Laden? Could it be that he’s secretly still alive? Doubtful. In fact, the opposite may be more accurate. There may not have been much left to take pictures of.
Matt Bissonnette, one of the SEAL Team Six operators who put rounds in Bin Laden, writes in his book, No Easy Day, “in his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.”
SOFREP, a website specializing in news about US special operations forces, cites “two confidential sources within the [special ops] community,” that may have the answer. “Operator after operator,” they write, “took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition” into Bin Laden (and then his corpse).
What should we make of this? Is this angry soldiers in the heat of the moment that have gone too far, or was this the well deserved finale from a group who’d just finished the most important mission of the 21st Century?
Opponents of violent over-reaction see the over-kill as over-kill, and a disturbing trend (as if it was something new). Many others, including (if the assertions are correct) the current administration, are quietly looking the other way.
The mutilation of the dead has been practiced by almost every culture imaginable. American soldiers are no different. There was a time when the dehumanization of our enemies was so well institutionalized that what now strikes our sensibilities as barbaric, at once didn’t even seem all that inhumane.
Consider this image from Life Magazine in 1944. Life–the most mainstream photojournalism rag in America’s short history, ran this photo of a winsome young woman looking at the skull of a Japanese soldier that had been mailed to her by her boyfriend.
Good thing none of the Seal Team 6 members were trying to court any young women. Who knows what they would have mailed home. As is, they (allegedly) shot up the corpse of Osama Bin Laden. And I’m supposed to feel all embarrassed?
Hell. Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em.