The administration of our illustrious leader, Barack H. Obama, has decided not to release the photos of the dead Bin Laden. This serves a two-fold purpose: to keep those wacko conspiracy theorists perking along in their Birther/Truther/Who Shot JFK? fantasy worlds (yes, the “it wasn’t really him, this was all a ruse towards getting the Won re-elected in 2012” stories have started to rise from the swamps); and it makes sure that regular Americans who might feel that the sight of the evil man that killed so many of our fellow citizens would give them closure feel like shit for thinking that way. In other words, it’s business as usual in Progressive Valley High.
Update: I feel compelled to clarify, I think the second part of the above is the main effect desired. Making the conspirazoids leap about is just extra. Obviously there’s an element that wouldn’t believe Bin Laden was killed May 1st if they were there. They’d say it was an actor, or some other Muslim dude in a beard.
But making normal Americans feel small and crappy? That’s the main aim of every single act of a progressive government. The citizenry is the enemy, a collection of unimaginative mundanes at best and a mob of ravening beasts at worst, who must always be kept controlled and at bay by their Betters. Those Betters, of course, being people like our illustrious Leader, his cabinet, and his shills in the media. They know the right thing to do. Obey and behave.
Second update: Abu Ghraib photo nasties good; pics of dead 9/11 mastermind bad. A constant diet of images of flag-draped coffins containing our war dead plus intrusive photos of grief-stricken relatives — good, because the American people have the Right To Know™. Even one grainy jpeg of a dead enemy leader — bad, because the American people don’t need to know.