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OUR VIEW: Taliban wants proof? Then release the photographs

As predicted, the conspiracy theories about Osama bin Laden have begun to hit their stride, with groups worldwide claiming his death is nothing more than a hoax, perpetuated by the United States government.

As predicted, the conspiracy theories about Osama bin Laden have begun to hit their stride, with groups worldwide claiming his death is nothing more than a hoax, perpetuated by the United States government.

The Taliban on Tuesday expressed doubt that bin Laden was killed by American Navy SEALs, as President Barack Obama proclaimed to the world Sunday evening. Taliban leaders said they will not believe bin Laden is dead until they have seen proof or received confirmation from bin Laden's closest followers.

The president and other government officials say they are confident bin Laden is dead, thanks to high-tech face-mapping software and DNA testing. They also say they have photos of the deceased.

We say release the photos. We suspect those pictures will be gruesome. Bin Laden died with gunshot wounds to the head and heart, and not everyone will want to see the photos. The government worries that showing the photos will only enrage bin Laden's faithful followers. That's a real possibility. On the other hand, the Taliban and al-Qaida say they demand proof that their leader is dead. Obama should oblige them. Bin Laden's followers must be shown that there are repercussions for their dastardly acts. They need to be convinced that they could be next. Photos of the dead bin Laden could help sway them. We believe bin Laden is, indeed, dead. Others do not, and need proof. Give it to them.

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