Last words of the original Angry White Boy, Che Guevara. I’m quoting this guy because like Osama Bin Laden, Che was the “face” of a movement that was killed by opposing forces as an attempt to end that movement, or at least in the eyes of the ignorant masses (thus ending it for real if the movement is largely comprised of said ignorant masses).
Che was repping communism, his version of which has long since been corrupted by the T-shirt industry. Mr. Bin Laden was repping Jihad, which has yet to be made frivolous and anachronistic by history. In other words, communism is Myspace and Jihad is Facebook. You follow?
Also like Che, Osama was neither the creator, nor the omnipotent ruler of his respective movement. A movement is greater than the sum of its parts (the individuals that it is composed of). They were both just rich boys who used their privilege to enter a seat of power.
It’s funny. When I had already written my preliminary version of this post, I googled “Guevara Bin Laden” to see if I was beaten to the punch with this comparison. Of course I was. This article from the Miami Herald compared the graveless burial of Guevara with that of Bin Laden and spoke of the difficulty of disposing of the corpses of enemy leaders in general without spawning conspiracy theories that they actually survived. And here’s a BBC news article that wonders if history might remember Bin Laden as Guevara was remembered by today’s suburban youth.
The mainstream news media speaks about killing Bin Laden like the war in Afghanistan is now over, Al Qaeda has been dismantled and we can now all go for ice-cream. The truth is that Bin Laden was not a master strategist. He was part of a huge network and he paid people to help him make decisions. The Jihad movement has not so much lost their greatest mind so much as just their mascot. Al Qaeda will live on… with one more martyr to avenge.
Anyway, in good foresight I’ve gone ahead and edited a photo of Bin Laden with plenty of contrast for maximum T-shirt exploitability. Get ready to see your kids wearing this image in 20 years: