Today the BBC reports, entirely without irony, that
President Barack Obama has said publishing photos of the dead Osama Bin Laden threatens US national security.
I intercalate my comments:
"I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk," Mr Obama said.
How convenient. Yet it was alright to show us the hanging of Saddam Hussein, with the camera going right into his face moments after his execution. And how is a graphic image going to create a national security risk anyway? My guess is that the Islamists have known that Osama has been dead for years
The al-Qaeda leader was killed by US special forces in northern Pakistan on Monday. His body was buried at sea.
Again, how convenient. Will he stay dead this time? Because if I remember correctly, Osama has died already several times over the years, usually when there was a U.S. election looming on the horizon.
On Thursday, Mr Obama is to visit the site of the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York, one of many Bin Laden claimed to have masterminded.
Mr Obama said: "It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. That's not who we are."
Well, the images of Saddam, hung and filmed after death, and Ceausescu, shot and filmed after death in extreme facial close up, were floated around the world and were pumped right into people’s living rooms via their television screens.
The US administration has been monitoring world reaction - amid conspiracy theories about the al-Qaeda leader following conflicting accounts given by US officials.
"There are going to be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you won't see Bin Laden walking on this Earth again," Mr Obama said.
Er… could this be because he has been dead for many years?
On Thursday, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir again dismissed allegations his country's secret services had links to al-Qaeda, and said the investigation into the presence of Bin Laden in Abbottabad would reveal what failures there were.
In other words, they need time to contrive some cover-up, and find some hapless scapegoat to save face. The U.S. has been had and Pakistan has been laughing all the way to the bank.
I am going back to doing something productive with my time. Life’s too short to pay these losers any further attention.