Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer and filmmaker. His books have been published in 32 languages. Along with his wife Shira, he directed the film "Jellyfish," which won the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
REASON 64: I support Obama because, despite enormous pressure, he refused to publicize a picture of Bin Laden’s corpse.Once, when you killed an enemy, you’d cut off his head and impale it on the longest stick you could find. Nowadays, you can just upload a clip of the corpse on YouTube, or email a file to Fox News. I remember every single detail of the dead faces of Saddam Hussein’s sons looking out at me from my computer monitor during the second Gulf War, and also the blurry clip of their father being executed. I never got to see Bin Laden’s corpse, and that was only because of one man.
Tel Aviv, Israel
(Translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston)
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