Here’s the difference between us:
Had the radical Muslims scored a big kill of a U.S. leader, they would’ve dragged the body through the streets, stomped on it — maybe hanged it from a bridge and burned it, like they did in Fallujah.
The United States, on the other hand, afforded Osama bin Laden a ritualistic burial at sea — and even declined to release a photo.
The distinction — and the discretion — may be completely lost on our seventh-century friends, but it couldn’t be clearer there’s no moral equivalence between us.
We respect President Barack Obama’s decision not to release photos of bin Laden’s corpse. As he said, “We don’t need to spike the football.”
While the sports metaphor may be lost on the Muslim world, the point is there’s not much to be gained by releasing inflammatory images of bin Laden’s dead body. Regardless of our motivations, it would be seen as taunting by the radicals. Why give them the satisfaction? They feed on it like goats on oats.
Instead, to continue on with Obama’s metaphor, show them how someone with class acts when he reaches the end zone.