May 7, 2011 by staff
U.S. forces in Pakistan gunned down al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011. Wu, a senior judo coach of Taiwan, told Reuters on May 7, 2011 in an interview as part of a tournament in the central city of Taichung, who met with bin Laden to coach Saudi Arabia judo nationwide from 1981 to 1991.
Wu showed Reuters photographs of him and a tall, thin, bearded, serious young man with a mop of black hair that he said was Osama. Osama attended classes two to three times a week, but Wu never saw him again after 1984.
Leveling the week that America marked the death of Osama bin Laden is the decision of President Barack Obama to withdraw public photos of the body, despite strong demand for it.
In a geopolitical sense, it is the right decision. U.S. efforts in the war on t*rror*sm were not exactly helped when the video of Saddam Hussein dangling at the end of a rope made its way around the world. He met the bad guys while forcing good position to apologize for an outcome that resulted from the more western traditions, the trial by a jury of his peers. [See photos of reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden.]
It also helps Osama a martyr more than it already is. The last thing we need is 10 or 20 years down the road, to celebrate it on t-shirts and other apparel as Che Guevara is today by people who do not quite understand whom or what he did.
What is interesting is the number of people who insist on the release of the photo of Obama, not so much a desire for closure because, I suspect, a real suspicion that the president is somehow not telling the truth about Osama’s death. [Vote now: What president deserves credit for the disappearance of Osama bin Laden?]
Do not get me wrong: I believe that Osama is dead and he died heavily in time, place and manner described by senior administration officials – though the story has changed a little every day since the news broke. But I also believe that Obama, as Richard Milhous Nixon, has become a matter of trust between most of the American electorate. Just find it hard to believe in his word – and rightly so.
Unemployment has risen, to settle at a level beyond what he promised he would. It turns out that, under Obamacare will not necessarily be able to maintain their current health plan, even if you like. He promised during the 2008 campaign that it would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, in the last test, remained open. It also keeps in place many of the measures against t*rror*sm that Bush claimed in the same season.
The list is endless. The point is that people are taking an “I’ll believe it when I see” attitude towards his presidency, not portend good news about his re-election goes. People want to see the image to make sure that Osama is dead. The word of the president, for better or worse, simply not enough.
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