The Difference Between Obama and Bush: Treating Enemy Remains with Respect
The media is reporting that the Obama administration is handling Usama bin Laden’s remains in accordance with Islamic principles. That decision is a stark reminder of why we are so fortunate that a Republican is no longer President. When the Bush administration killed Uday and Qusay Hussein, recall, it infuriated Muslims and at least arguably violated the First Additional Protocol by immediately releasing grisly photos of their bodies. The release of the photos was utterly hypocritical to boot, given that the Bush administration had earlier condemned Arab media for showing photos of dead American soldiers as a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Great decision by the President. I wonder how long it will take conservatives to criticize it.
ADDENDUM: The media is now reporting that bin Laden’s remains will be buried at sea, so that his final resting place cannot be used as a terrorist shrine. The similarity to Israel’s disposal of Eichmann’s remains is striking: his ashes were scattered at sea so that his final resting place could not be used a neo-nazi shrine.