The Daily Show takes on the Bin Laden photo question: to show or not to show? Stewart’s in the “show” camp. Too gory for Americans? (“Have you met us?”) Too inflammatory for Muslims? They’re already plenty inflamed. But seriously:
“The best reason in my mind for releasing those pictures is that we’ve been fighting this war for nearly ten years. Thousands of U.S. deaths. Tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis have died. And we’ve seen nearly zero photographic evidence of it. … 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 …”
But: the White House insists on keeping the photos under wraps: in fact, they’ve decided to airdrop them Pakistani suburb so it won’t be found for years.