With the backing of nations and international organizations, notorious leader of the Islamic terror organisation, Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden was captured and killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. However the release of the much anticipated Osama death pictures might never be a reality.
Osama bin Laden has gone down in history as the next known villain of all time after Adolf Hitler. He was the founder and the 1st General Emir of the Islamist group, Al-Qaeda.
The most significant crime of the Islamic militant group leader was the 9/11 attacks. The group set out to brutally destroy monumental landmarks in the United States. The attack killed about 2996 people, leaving 6000 injured. It also dug a $3 trillion hole in the United States economy.
Of all the attacks on September 11, 2001, the crash of the twin towers was the height of it. Till date it is still seen as the worst terrorist attack on the United States.
After admitting responsibility for the attack in 2004, it became an official war between the United States and the terrorist group. In 2011, the world’s most wanted terrorist was captured in his Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan.
Report says that Osama bin Laden was killed and buried at sea. Many have not yet come to terms with this idea. Controversies have sprung up wondering why there was no pictorial or DNA proof that he was actually dead.
How is it that Saddam’s video gets to be shown, but no graphical image whatsoever is shown as a proof of the death of World’s no 1 terrorist of all times? Would it not be courtesy to publish the Osama death pictures; at least prove to the rest of the world that he was truly dead?
Wikipedia says that after the raid by US military officials, bin Laden’s body was taken “to Afghanistan for identification, then buried him at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic tradition.” 4 days after his death, Al-Qaeda confirmed his death as they also made threats to avenge his death.
Regardless of the confirmation, many do not still believe that all the truth about the raid have been told. To counter this notion, a United States military personnel and witness shares his truth and 2 cents on why his death pictures might never be officially released.
In his new book, called No Easy Day, Matt Bissonnette, one of the SEAL Team Six operators on the raid, writes;
“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.”
Reports also say that 2 confidential witnesses confirmed that Osama had “over a hundred bullets in him, by the most conservative estimate.” Arguments on the move of shooting him to such magnitude when he was unarmed have been approached with mixed feelings.
According to the Laws of Land Warfare, a target is shot more than normal if he refuses to surrender.
“Provided the enemy is not surrendering, it is morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat.”
So the question as to why unarmed Osama bin Laden was excessively shot could be answered in 2 words, self-indulgence. The author stresses that during the Osama raid, the self-indulgence on the part of the military was utterly excessive. They took turns on him.
With a body like that, grossly perforated by bullets, making public the Osama death pictures could perhaps do more harm than good. While it would bring satisfaction to some, it might not be so for some others who still brood over his death.
It is not gibberish that the aftermath of the 9/11 attack launched the proliferation of terrorist attacks all over the world. So it is possible that given the merciless state of the official graphical images, the United States might not be willing to make the Osama death pictures public after all.