Disposing of OBL’s Body

posted at 12:01 pm on May 2, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

This was probably one of the last questions that the White House wanted to deal with after the mission was accomplished, but somebody had to bring it up, I’m sure. Once you’ve managed to kill the most wanted murderer on the planet, what do you do with the body? If the reports flying off the wire are correct, he was buried at sea, and the reasons given probably could have been handled better.

The United States is treating Osama bin Laden’s body in “accordance with Islamic practice,” a White House official says.

President Obama announced Sunday night that American forces killed bin Laden in Pakistan and that they took his body afterward. He said no Americans were harmed in the fight.

Asked how bin Laden’s body will be treated, a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call that “we are ensuring that is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition.”

The official, who refused to be identified, said the matter is “something that we take very seriously, and so, therefore, this is being handled in an appropriate manner.”

Early Monday morning, a U.S. official confirmed reports that the body had been buried at sea.

I’m not sure how many options there really were here. I think there is a justifiable desire on the part of many Americans – particularly the family and friends of the victims in bin Laden’s many attacks – to see the proof. Of course, in years past that type of plan hasn’t worked out very well. When John Dillinger was finally taken down, his body was put on public display and wound up being a grotesque spectacle which brought a lot of criticism on the government.

With bin Laden the situation was even more complicated. Many of Obama’s statements last night seemed designed to reinforce the fact that we were not “at war with Islam” but hunting a killer. The use of the phrase “in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition” is telling, likely intended as an attempt not to further inflame the Muslim world on the heels of this historic event by violating their funeral practices. But was it worth the effort?

On the one hand, there are places which will be (and already are) enraged over the killing and no amount of “respect” for the remains is going to mollify them. Back at home, we’re already seeing reactions from people who find this treatment an insult to the victims.

Does Obama believe this treatment is going to turn crazy Muslims into decent human beings? Does he think decent Muslims will be upset that this friggin madman isn’t treated with respect?

Obama is a jerk.

But in the end, nothing was going to pacify anyone at either extreme of that particular scale I suppose. So, do we need to have the body as a trophy of war and put it on display? Reports indicate he was shot in the eye, so it’s probably a pretty gruesome sight. If we have DNA evidence and enough credible military and government witnesses I suppose that will have to be enough.

And how about photographs? ABC is reporting that the White House has the pictures, but is still debating whether or not to release them.

What does the Hot Air community have to say? Should the body have been brought back for public confirmation of bin Laden’s death? What should have been done?

UPDATE: Predictably, some Muslim clerics have already weighed in saying that the burial at sea wasn’t good enough.

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And how about photographs? ABC is reporting that the White House has the pictures, but is still debating whether or not to release them.

So we’re going to replace “Birthers” with “Deathers”????

Yeah, suuuure we believe the government….the same government which keeps insisting that the recession is over and that people are getting jobs…and nobody who earns under $250,000 will have their taxes raised…when it announces that it has killed an enemy…but lost the body in a place where nobody else can examine it!!!!

Perhaps OBL will come to rest on an undersea stash of Stimulus funds and “jobs saved or created”!!

landlines on May 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I thought Islamic practice was to strap a vest full of C4 or other explosives and set it off…

jeffn21 on May 2, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Did anybody mention which sea was used? I wished to use the Osama bin Laden urinal.

Slowburn on May 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Osama learned about BLOWBACK.


profitsbeard on May 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

This Islam loving president will never lose an opportunity to appease Muslims, even those who hate us. For Obama this # 1 terrorist, this mass murderer did nothing that should prevent him from receiving a respectful Muslim funeral. I’m embarrassed to have such a disgustingly appeasing president. IMO he should be despised for forcing us to pay such respects.

Chessplayer on May 2, 2011 at 6:03 PM

So I guess we can now say bin Laden is a corpseman.

chewmeister on May 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Fox News saying buried in North Arabian Sea.

slickwillie2001 on May 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Thanks slick.

Slowburn on May 2, 2011 at 7:33 PM

(How ’bout we start a nasty rumor!)

The burial at sea was a ruse, and the body has been returned to the bin-Laden family in Saudi land…

You heard it here first.

docjohn52 on May 2, 2011 at 8:08 PM

They should have shown the body to everyone so there is no doubt.

Dollayo on May 2, 2011 at 8:13 PM

An un-named hog farm would’ve been appropriate…

M-14 2go on May 2, 2011 at 9:13 PM

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