PART OF THE SERIES OF "PREVIEWS" AND RESEARCH NOTES FROM MY CURRENT PROJECT, "The Art of the Martyr & Mujahid" (COPYRIGHT):
The world of visual media produced by transnational militant groups such as al-Qa'ida and (probably loosely-affiliated) like-minded groups in various countries is often "very dark," as a colleague and friend of mine recently remarked. Many of the motifs depict acts of intense and often brutal violence--violence against U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, violence against civilians in Iraq and other Islamicate countries, and violence against these groups' perceived enemies, the "murtaddun" (apostates), namely those Muslims (the vast majority) who do not support their radical ideology.
However, it is also possible to find comedy amidst the darkness. How, you ask? Over the past two days, while conducting research for my current project, "The Art of the Martyr & Mujahid," I found a couple of highly comedic motifs, intensely funny (at least to me) in their ridiculousness.
If the first of these images reflects the truth, I know where al-Qa'ida chief Usama bin Laden is. He is here:
What evidence do I have, you ask? Please see below:
Look at this motif very closely. You may recognize the horsemen. Their identities are revealed below:
Yes, Usama bin Laden is apparently the Dark Lord Sauron from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fictional-historical world of Middle Earth, the centerpiece of his famous trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. How else could he have gained control of "the 9" from Minas Morgul, the "neither living nor dead," the fallen kings of men, the Nazgul?
I leave you with this gem, complete with a "radioactive" letter "O" :
Osama Radioactive Love