Osama’s Death Photo: ‘The Impossible Truth’ (Les Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, France)
Is it wrong for the United States to keep the last photograph of Osama bin Laden to itself? Olivier Picard of France’s Les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace writes that compared to the state interests of America and its allies, the desire of people around the world to see it, in the words of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, amount to little more than a hill of beans.
This is a frustrating planet. The ultra-informed world of 2011, which watches events live at the meteoric pace of Tweets and Facebook, is struggling to accept that it will have to resign itself to not knowing everything. To not knowing how the film ends. To never having THE photo – the visual, absolute, and definitive proof of the death of the most formidable terrorist of all time.
Revealing the truth about his final moments seems quite secondary in the eyes of the American administration. It’s an almost voyeuristic demand that raises the cliche ‘atrocious’ in the case of the man who for so long scoffed at the world before being shot like a dog. It is legitimate to retain a photo potentially as dangerous as a time bomb. It’s a lesser evil.
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