an almost voyeuristic demand that raises the cliché 'atrocious' in the case of
the man who for so long scoffed at the world before being shot like a dog. It
is legitimate to retain a photo potentially as dangerous as a time bomb. It's a
This is a frustrating planet.
The ultra-informed world of 2011, which watches events live at the meteoric pace
of Tweets and Facebook, is struggling to accept that it will have to resign
itself to not knowing everything. To not knowing how the film ends. To never
having THE photo - the visual, absolute, and definitive proof of the death of
the most formidable terrorist of all time.
The velocity of the circulation,
density and volume of information will change nothing: History, when it's contested,
is no more transparent today than it was in the eras of lead and fax machines. If
the truth of bin Laden's execution is not in doubt, we'll probably never know
the truth about the precise circumstances, nor the conditions of the al-Qaeda
founder's burial at sea. It's as simple as that. The more days that pass, the
more America's retention of the facts will be absorbed in the sands of memory
just as the waters of the North Arabian Sea swallowed up the protagonist of an
event that the whole world was waiting to hear about. How could the democrats on
all continents not feel deprived of the epilogue of this ten-year-old trauma?
It is not a question of
technique, but of power - in this case, the abuse of power. The curiosity of
people and their requests for an explanation weigh so little compared to the reasons
of state of America and her allies! No one is interested in displaying the
disfigured face of former enemy number one. In Washington and Islamabad, there's
no interest in being too specific, beginning with Pakistan, which is working
very hard now to distinguish itself from the guardianship of its American ally.
Above all, it doesn't wish to appear subservient ...
In the short term, the killing
of bin Laden creates more problems than it solves. Exasperation already needs
to be managed, and the risk of a series of savage attacks that his
disappearance may generate in a certain number of Arab countries. So revealing
the truth about his final moments seems quite secondary in the eyes of the
American administration. It's an almost voyeuristic demand that raises the
cliché "atrocious" in the case of the man who for so long scoffed at
the world before being shot like a dog. It is legitimate to retain a photo
potentially as dangerous as a time bomb. It's a lesser evil.
So bin Laden wasn't armed
when a fatal bullet penetrated beneath his left eye? So what? And all the same,
there is little doubt that the American commandos wouldn't have issued any
warnings. One of the perversities of terrorism is that it sometimes imposes its
methods on those who fight it. Aron wrote that history
was tragic. We can all assume that it is. And it has imposed on humanity an
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