An “Austere Religious Scholar” Dead

Image via BBC, Baghdadi in 2014 announcing the caliphate.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS and self proclaimed head of the Islamic Caliphate (that he announced), blew himself up when US Special Forces attacked. He ran down an alley, using three of his children as human shields, and then detonated a suicide device.

President Trump announced the death of the ISIS leader on television Sunday in a manner reminiscent of President Obama announcing the slaying of Osama Bin Laden.

But The Washington Post stole the whole show away from the terrorist’s demise with their headline.

“…austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State”.

Edited originally from “Terrorist-in-Chief”, which may have been to obvious a jab at our elected leader, the ‘corrected’ version has been internationally mocked. It framed arguably one of the most evil men on the planet, responsible for a host of atrocities and a staggering body count, in the same light as a stern catholic nun slapping knuckles with a ruler.

I’m also dubious of his ‘scholarly’ pursuits while trying bring about a worldwide caliphate through war and conquest, but who knows.

They settled on “Extremist Leader” in the end, but the damage was done.

#WAPostDeathNotices was born


“Adolf Hitler, dedicated art enthusiast, animal rights activist, and talented orator, dies at 56,” read another Hitler adaptation.

“Ted Bundy, meticulous researcher, charismatic figure, and Polaroid enthusiast, dead at 42”, was another, in reference to the infamous serial killer.

Sometimes the internet provides great joy, in this case savagely mocking a turn of phrase from someone apparently trying their hand at over-intellectualism.

Enjoy your Monday, friends!

Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.