It was an insensitive decision to make on behalf of the family and friends of others buried in that Doswell cemetery. A cemetery is a place to go to find solace and peaceful reflection, not a place to be confronted by such a needless controversy.
Someone in authority — perhaps our state government — should have gotten a clue from the United States government, which knew exactly what to do with the body of Osama bin Laden — bury it at sea. Far out at sea.
The sea, of course, is a no-man’s land, a place where there will be no shrine or memorial to the individual in question. The United States buried bin Laden’s body somewhere in the deep blue specifically so that it would avoid the kind of controversies that are starting to develop over Tsarnaev’s body.
Besides all the other security and image problems Virginia has now been saddled with, one never knows what kinds of kooks might consider this grave to be a “shrine” to a martyr.
We’ve just created that shrine.