1) it's right - are we to become what we despise? It's not, IMO - about respect for bin Laden - it's just about being descent. He doesn't deserve it, it's about us not deserving to debase ourselves with pettiness.
2) (and more important) it's smart - why make crazy-angry people even more crazy angry? He's dead. As far as bin Laden himself is concerned, that seems like enough.
No we shouldn't become what we despise. The offering of respect is certainly the honorable course. But, and I could be wrong, I think those we are trying to impress will see the gesture as hollow.
Returning the corpse to the family as The General suggests seems reasonable to me.
It seems schizoid to me to, on one hand to pursue the "mastermind of 9/11", offer millions in reward so we could hunt him down and kill him. And then on the other hand, once dead to "honor" him. Just seems nuts to me.
And yes I probably should have been more measured before posting about wanting an eye. But make no mistake Bin Laden's plan was malevolent for more than just the horrible day of 9/11. His plan was for the financial collapse of the USA. Which would have and may still bring havoc to us as a society in ways not yet thought of.
So I have a tough time with displaying homage to Bin Laden. Respect to his family and country, sure why not?