What's up with this photo?
This week's The Week news magazine (4/23/10) shows a robed and sandled character carrying a spiffy Zero Halliburton aluminum briefcase housing the expected bomb. He looks suspiciously like the corrosive caricatures featured on the favorite forged blood libel document of the militia crowd -- the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (which the first two images accompanied.) It could be Osama bin Laden, but it could just as easily by Israel's Netanyahu or Iran's Ahmadinejad.
Why this smear? The U.S. has no proof that the al-Qaeda gang has anything like a sophisticated suitcase nuclear bomb, so why suggest it on the cover of a respected national magazine?
Is the magazine currying favor with the conservative crowd who are convinced "the enemy" has the same toys as the U.S., or is it mocking the zanies who would circle around such projections? Hard to tell.
The fact: The nuclear nightmare is composed of the U.S., Pakistan, India, China and Russia, not some raghead.