Spencer Ackerman, reporting from his new job at Wired Magazine‘s Danger Room blog, has a story on al Qaeda’s new English-language lifestyle magazine, Inspire. It features articles by Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, and another by “The AQ Chef” on “How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.” Is that bad translation, or did they mean for that title to rhyme?
Ackerman points out that this may be a forgery because some have pointed out inconsistencies in logos used by the official al Qaeda publishing group. But those could be glitches. And from what’s been revealed, Inspire definitely fits into a pattern of al Qaeda being so bad at popularizing their message that they even make terrorism look corny (example, example, example).
Inspire is not yet online, but hopefully it will be soon and many laughs will be had at their expense. Unfortunately for people like me, this means that there will be ever more competition in the field of writing about ridiculous things. And what’s even worse is that this is a case where reality is catching up to satire. We will just have to adapt in this evolutionary arms race of ridiculousness so that the forces of mockery always defeat the forces of seriousness.
UPDATE: The Inspire publisher is now facing terrorism charges.