Since I just heard that the White House has decided to release the reportedly gruesome photos of Osama Bin Laden’s body — I hope incorrectly — I just sent this email to the White House:
PLEASE Mr President,
DO NOT RELEASE PHOTOS of Osama bin Laden.
All the goodwill you have engendered worldwide by ordering his killing will fade if you do this, and besides, it is pointless:
1. The ‘deathers’ will only say it was photo-shopped, and since they do not want to be convinced, will not be.
2. It will be seen in “the Arab world” as an affront to human dignity.
3. I myself, as an American Jew, see it is as an affront to human dignity, to your dignity, and to the dignity of the United States.
Most sincerely — Lesley Hazleton
Please feel free to copy and paste in here — http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact — if you agree.
UPDATE, Wednesday May 4: Obama just nixed release of photos. Says “gloating is not who we are.” Thank you, Mr President.