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Photo Expressions

2011 May 6
by Randy H. Milgrom

          A picture may be worth 1000 words, but how many messages does it send?


          Somebody looks pretty damn focused on his target. And speaking of the target: what purpose would be served — and what message would be sent — by a photo of Osama Bin Laden in whatever condition he may have been left following the U.S. assault on his compound? Those are the questions President Obama and his team considered before deciding — at least for now — that no such photo would be forthcoming. While some critics of this decision have asserted the need for “evidence,” nobody can reasonably doubt the U.S.’s claim — especially now that Al Qaeda itself has confirmed the death. Sustained demands come now only from those who will not be satisfied. And a photo expresses nothing new.

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