Doubting The Death Of Osama bin Laden

Why would President Barack Obama, the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, be the one to break the news of Osama bin Laden’s death if he was not certain of the information? The news concerned the whole world because it was about the person behind the most gruesome crime committed against mankind in recent time. Where would the US President be if after breaking the news, Osama bin Laden come out on television to belie the report? These circumstances should be enough for us to believe the news but did we?

Sad to say, many did not immediately believe the report. Some doubters asked for the body of the dead Osama while others were less demanding and would settle for the photo of his corpse. A few others were more outspoken about their non-belief of the news and started discussions in public online forums probably intending to convince more people on their doubts about the death of an eleven-year fugitive of the law. However, with the recent pronouncements of Osama bin Laden’s allies among the Taliban and al-Qaeda members that their leader was indeed killed by US forces, I wonder what the doubters would now do. I guess they would just keep quiet after all the noise they did.

I cannot totally blame those doubting the death of Osama bin Laden at the beginning. After all, the ‘to see is to believe’ rule still applies in the many things happening around us. We want proofs of what other people are telling us. However, isn’t it that we normally believe what our friends tell us? So, can we not make an exemption and not doubt what the top leader of the most powerful nation in the world report to us especially if it is about something that can be easily belied by the party in the news?

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