May 4, 2011
Local residents are weighing in on the White House's decision not to release the photographs of Osama bin Laden's body.
While some Kansans tell KAKE News releasing the photos would have done more harm than good, others say Americans deserve to see them.
"I think they should have been released. Let people make their own decisions," said local resident Georgia Anderson.
"I think it's best that we not see the photos as long as we know that they did it, then that's good. That's good enough," said Christian Webb.
Some supporting the decision also say it was the right moral choice not to release the pictures.
"We need to maintain some level of respect for humanity. And we need to set the example. And I think you need to draw the line somewhere," said local resident Krista Blaes.
"He murdered thousands and thousands of people so he deserves no honor whatsoever," said Anderson.
The discussion on whether to release the pictures is also invading cyberspace. Comments are pouring into kake.com and our Facebook page, where Jennifer wrote, "No. The way everyone is acting, it makes us no better than the terrorists who place people's heads on stakes and parade them through town."
On the other side of the issue, Theresa wrote, "We had to watch our people fall from burning buildings at 911. SHOW US HIS UGLY FACE !!!!! I WANT PROOF."
However, others say the proof isn't worth the risk of violence.
"I see the two sides but I think the ultimate decision is appropriate," said local resident Joon Park.
And even as the two sides stand divided on the issue of photographs, they do stand united, for the most part, on what the pictures represent... which is that Osama bin Laden is dead.
"I was really relieved because it's really been I think an open wound for us for a long time," said Blaes.
"I just think the guy really deserves to get what he got," said Anderson.