Originally Posted by StSapphire
It's not so much about "deserving" it, or even about respecting him as a person whatsoever. It's merely an example we did to show the other countries over there that we're not trying to instigate them or spark a "holy war" or any other similar hogwash.
I'd agree that it shouldn't really be needed for us to show that (ie it should be self-explanatory that we're just going after a very bad person who is a direct enemy of our country), but the fact that we were willing to even give thought to the "proper" form of burial is a step in the direction of stopping future jihadists from having yet another excuse to say "OH LOOK AT THAT EVIL AMERICA". Will it help? Will it have any effect whatsoever? I dunno. Maybe, maybe not. But the fact that we were even willing to try does scores for improving our image to the rest of the world, which is a very good thing.
I should think taking out a terrorist would improve our image for the rest of the world.
Giving thought to the proper Muslim burial won't matter an iota to extremists because they aren't rational people. They only want to see America's downfall.
This is just my opinion. The decision to give OBL a proper Muslim burial was made by others who probably know more about the ins and outs of the situation than I do.