Enough bodies for me

According to the Better Business Bureau and a few other online scam sources, there are a variety of online links and pages offering a view of the body of Osama bin Laden or even a video of the shot that killed him. Don’t let curiosity get the better of you, people. You’re just asking for trouble.

The links are reported to be malicious spyware and/or computer viruses. Yep, curiosity kills the computer.

Be mindful about clicking on links that purport to show information that’s not widely available from respected news sources, the BBB says. In the case of Bin Laden, the White House has announced no photos or videos related to his death will be released. Be extremely skeptical of links that say otherwise.

Myself, I have no wish to see bin Laden’s dead body. I’ve seen enough photos of dead bodies for a lifetime — it’s a job hazard, I guess. At times, I can still see those images when I close my eyes.

I don’t need to see those photos. I don’t want to see those photos.

A horrible man who caused terrible things died a violent death. That’s good enough for me.

The controversy surrounding the government’s choice not to release photos has been interesting to follow, but I have to say I mostly agree with their reasoning. If releasing the photo angers someone to the point that an American soldier or sailor loses their life over it, then it isn’t worth it.

And there is no way they will ever please the conspiracy people, so why bother trying?

“Why bury him at sea? It all went too fast! We want proof!”

These are the same people who think 9/11 was faked and we never landed on the moon. Given their propensity for not believing a darned thing they are told, they would probably declare any photos released by the government are phonies, anyway. They’d just come up with another theory about why we can’t trust our government, then demand video and DNA documents. And possibly a birth certificate.

I’ve seen some family members of those killed on 9/11 say they will have closure if they see bin Laden’s body, but I just don’t think it’s worth someone else’s life. And I don’t think they’d get that closure they expect by looking at a photo of a man who has part of his head blown off.

As a crime reporter, I’ve sat through murder and assault trials where photos of violently killed people are shown on a huge screen so the jury can get a good look. I’ve watched the juror’s faces as they see, for likely the first time in their lives, a person who was shot or stabbed or burned or beaten. Not a CSI Hollywood version of death, but that of a local person who may have passed them on the street, shopped at the same stores and knew some of the same people.

Granted, I know bin Laden doesn’t fall into that category and  I know he was hated. A lot of people are glad he’s dead, and I’m one of them. But I still don’t need to see his body.