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It’s only now, as I consider the hue and cry to release that photo, that I fully sense the disconnect between how we want to see bin Laden and how bin Laden has made himself seen. Because the iconic images that we put on “Wanted” posters, printed in the newspapers, nursed, doctored, and cursed for a decade, are the only ones we have. And they never fit the part. We’re still waiting for the one that makes sense. The one that shows us the face of evil. The picture of the head of a much-hated corpse is our last and best chance.
Elizabeth Kiem makes an interesting point here, on how Osama bin Laden was seen.
Ramkumar Shankar