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Published May 05, 2011, 08:59 PM

Debating A Bin Laden Death Photo Release

City leader, political professor, students largely agree
Obama has said showing bin Laden's bloody corpse could be a security risk for the country. Many of those asked around town say that's the right decision.

In a debate across the country, many Americans aren't ready to believe Osama bin Laden is dead, unless they see photos. But President Barack Obama says that will not happen anytime soon.

Obama has said showing bin Laden's bloody corpse could be a security risk for the country. Many of those asked around town say that's the right decision.

"I don't need to see anymore evidence of that. I agree with the president that it would probably be inflammatory," city council president Hal Gershman said.

"He did a horrible, horrible, horrible thing, but I think everyone deserves respect," UND student Emily Christian said.

Christian says showing photos of bin Laden, who was shot in the head, would be going to far. Another UND student isn't worried about respecting the man responsible for the worst crime in America's history, 9/11.

But, he is worried about prompting retaliation from Al Qaeda.

"I feel citizens deserve to see the pictures, but at the same time we have lives at stake," student Dylan Young said.

So, where is the proof one of the most visible terrorists is now just a memory? Gershman says you can never please a true skeptic.

"I don't think a photo will convince them because they'll say it has been photoshopped," Gershman said.

"If you believe in a conspiracy you can always find thousands on the internet that agree with you," UND political science professor Mark Jendrysik said.

Jendrysik says not releasing the bloody photos is a good PR move for Obama and the U.S. government.

"It speaks for itself. You don't need to gloat, show off and beat your chest like a 12-year-old boy who won little league," Jendrysik said.

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