Sunday, May 1, 2011

What Do We Do With The Body?

Breaking news holds that Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Holy shit.

But CBS News is reporting now that his body is in US custody, which raises the interesting question: What do we do with it?

Bury him in Afghanistan and create a pilgrimage site for jihadists. Bury him in the US and create a public outcry. Cremate him and violate Muslim orthodoxy.

The most logical option seems to be giving him back to the Saudis, but even that has its problems. Given the unrest of the Arab Spring, who knows how burying him in Saudi Arabia--home of the holy city of Mecca--might be taken? Or whether the Saudis would even want him to bury?

Stay tuned.

***UPDATE***: POLITICO is reporting that Osama bin Laden's body has been buried at sea, which complies with Islamic custom requiring burial within 24 hours. They're also reporting that he was positively identified, both by eye and by facial recognition software, before the burial. 

One wonders what flag, if any, he was buried with (as is customary for at-sea burials).

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