Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Welcome to TRY EVERY FLAVOR!!! This is going to be a blog dedicated to what is in on my mind at the moment. I'm going to be sharing about my faith in Jesus Christ, my cooking adventures in the kitchen, my fashion obsessions of the moments, current events news-articles and more! 

So to start off.....I'm watching the live news conference at the White House with Press Secretary Jay Carney. There is a big debate brewing about President Obama's decision not to release the photographs of Osama Bin Laden's body. Is this decision wise? Will it contribute to our safety? I often say that you can't please everyone and no matter what decision you make, it will always be wrong in some way. 

If Obama releases the photo, there are many possible scenarios that can come out of it. Humans are visual creatures and if members of Al-Qaeda or other terrorists groups see this picture, it could infuriate them and push them towards seeking revenge (which I'm sure is already brewing). It could pose a security threat to us. According to, New York City has been receiving more suspicious packages in the wake of Bin Laden's death. And just how gruesome are these photos? Is the administration worried that American citizens will be appalled at how much force was used against Bin Laden? Looking at the facts we know thus far, it was reported by CNN that Bin Laden was unarmed. It is still fuzzy whether Bin Laden was unarmed throughout the whole ambush or whether he was unarmed the moment he was killed. If Bin Laden was unarmed, a number of Americans could feel that Navy Seals were too forceful. Another consequence of releasing the photos could give America a bad image on the international front. In an interview Obama held with CBS News, he said "We don't trout out this stuff as trophies." Showing the photos could be perceived by others as America going "We're big and you're small. We're smart and you're dumb. We're right and you're wrong." We already have a negative image in the eyes of many foreign nations and this is a way of kind of "showing off."

On the other hand, what are some arguments for releasing the photos? Many global citizens still do not believe it. They need to see it to believe it. They don't have sufficient faith in the American government. Many Americans want to see it because it is a moment they have been waiting for for almost 10 years. They need to see it, not to believe it, but to see that justice was served. That Bin Laden paid for what he did. Victims of 9/11 and families and friends of 9/11 victims feel like the photographs would bring closure. 

Where do I stand on the issue? I feel it is ultimately President Obama's decision. 

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