And I, for one, have mixed emotions.
I think they should have invited journalists to see it. Get video footage from reputable organizations with high journalistic standards who do NOT practice Photoshopping or other software forms of image editing. The SEALS could also have helicoptered his body to land and buried it without marking. For me, the fitting burial would have been at Ground Zero. With a black plinth to commemorate his black heart--and a spittoon for those who wished to express their emotions with something more than verbal contempt.
Not sure about him being unrecognizable after being shot twice in the head.
Bury him at Ground Zero?
It was not the burial at sea that was following Muslim tradition, but the prompt burial. Muslims, like Jews, do not believe in embalming, and, therefore, bury their dead quite promptly, usually within 24 hours (that's why you'll often see funeral processions on the same day as the protesters are killed in some of the ongoing strife in the Middle East).
According to reports I've seen, after the action was complete, the U.S. took custody of the body and moved it to a near-by aircraft carrier. The U.S. then sought to find some Muslim country that would take it for burial, and no country agreed. I'm guessing they were worried about the problem of creating a memorial, and an unmarked grave probably would not have been practical. Anyway, when they couldn't find a spot on land, the Navy decided to bury him at sea, in a Muslim ceremony where a Muslim sailor said all the right prayers. Why did they do this? Well, the U.S. didn't want to be disrespectful of the body in death, because this could have inflamed Muslims who had no use for bin Laden but still wanted to see respect for Muslim tradition. In the absence of this resepect, it would have fed the
If one is truly concerned about following protocols imposed by religion, the urgency for a speedy burial
You'd put him in