Among President Obama’s justifications for not releasing photographs of the body of terrorist Osama Bin Laden was the expressed concern that they would be used as a “recruiting tool” for Al Qaeda.
To imagine just how that would happen, try to picture an Al Qaeda recruiter talking to a potential recruit.
Recruiter: So, you’re thinking about a career in terrorism, are you?
Candidate: Yes, sir. I’ve heard great things about your organization, but you know that you can’t believe everything you see in the press, so I had a couple of questions.
Recruiter: OK, shoot…so to speak.
Candidate: Well, do you guys have a pension plan?
Recruiter: Not exactly…but we can promise you seventy-two virgins when you retire. Will that work for you?
Candidate: Yeah, I suppose. But, how about advancement? Is there upward mobility within the organization?
Recruiter: Absolutely! We have people suddenly retiring all the time! Why even our founder retired suddenly.
Candidate: Really? Why did he do that?
Recruiter: The Americans you see. They initiated a “hostile takeover”. On the bright side, he did get his seventy-two virgins almost immediately after the Americans started their takeover of his headquarters.
Candidate: I see. I have to confess I’m terrible with names. What was your founder’s name again?
Recruiter: Osama bin Laden. Great guy. Lots of laughs. Great dancer. I have a snapshot of him here at his retirement party. The Americans again. They never seem to go anywhere without a camera.
Candidate: Seems like he spilled his drink all over himself.
Recruiter: Nah, it’s not wine. Remember, we’re not allowed to drink. That’s his own blood.
Candidate: And the hole in his head? Another retirement gift from the Americans?
Recruiter: Yep, it sure is.
Candidate: Gee, look at the time…I just remembered that I have another appointment that I just can’t miss. Thanks for your time though. I’ll have to think about this whole hooking up with Al Qaeda thing and get back to you. Bye.
Yes, Mr. President, I can really see how those photos would be an irresistible incentive for more young Muslims to join Osama’s former colleagues in what is turning into a death cult. Once again, I can see why the main stream sycophants, er, media describe you as the smartest guy in the room.