The Washington Post Calls Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi An “Austere Religious Scholar”

According to some, not so reliable sources, namely WaPo, Mr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known as “austere religious scholar,” has passed away, just recently, surrounded by his children (at least two of them) and a group of his closest friends. Mr al-Baghdadi was 48 years old.

But, If you are one of the well-informed (aka those who don’t read The Washington Post), you know that:

Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, the terror organization that is responsible for murdering tens of thousands of people around the World, detonated a suicide vest that killed him and two of his children when cornered by US special forces unit.

(Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took over as the head of ISIS after his predecessor Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was killed in 2010.)

Obituary for a terrorist.

What is wrong with The Washington Post?

For some — still unclear — reason, The Washington Post decided to come up with a very special obituary. What’s the occasion? Death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.

How the hell did Joby Warrick come up with this headline, and who approved it for publication? This “religious scholar” used to enjoy killing people by setting them on fire or cutting their heads off.

After a considerable backlash, WaPo changed the headline to:

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.

After changing the original line, Vice President of Communications at Washington Post Kristine Coratti Kelly said in a tweet:

Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.

Kristine Coratti Kelly

(Vice President of Communications at Washington Post)

So, “the headline should never have read that way.“ Really?
How about the headline should have never been written that way?
Or the entire obituary should have never been written the way it was.
Or maybe it should have never been written at all.

Although WaPo has abstained from referring to al-Baghdadi as “an austere religious scholar” in the obituary’s headline, they could not bring themselves to do the same if it comes to the rest of his obituary. WaPo seems to agree that al-Baghdadi wasn’t acting like a religious scholar as the head of ISIS or when he blew himself and two of his children up, but they made sure to state in the top paragraph that… He used to be one in the past.

(From Washington Post. The first paragraph of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘s obituary)

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took the reins of the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010, few had heard of the organization or its new leader, then an austere religious scholar with wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.

Accidental leader?

I don’t think so.

One could think when reading Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi obituary, that he was chosen to lead an ultra-brutal terrorist organization because of his captivating personality and sense of humor. We should believe that he minded his own business and out of the blue has received a phone call from the ISIS board of directors asking him to become a new CEO.

ISIS: Listen, Abu. We know you have absolutely no experience if it comes to our industry. But, you look incredibly cool in those wire-frame glasses, and we believe that your looks will turn to be a great asset to our business after you become the new face of our corporation.
Abu: I’m in (with my extensive collection of designer glasses).

Nothing was accidental.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was known in the world of terror.
  • His extremist views were known in the world of terror.
  • What he was capable of was known in the world of terror.
  • And now it’s widely known to everyone in the world of terror, that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.

I wonder…

I wonder what Jeff Bezos — the owner of The Washington Post, has to say about this fiasco. I’m genuinely interested in his opinion.

Update (Oct 30, 2019): Two children died with al-Baghdadi when he detonated a bomb vest, one fewer than initially reported. I’ve updated the post.

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