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May 3, 2011 No.
686

Bin Laden's Death Depicted in Cartoons

By: N. Shamni*

Introduction

Numerous cartoons appeared in the Arab press in the wake of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death, most of them portraying it as personal victory for U.S. President Barack Obama aimed at keeping him in the White House for a second term.

Bin Laden's Death

Al-Qaeda Is Beheaded

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), May 3, 2011

"Osama Bin Laden" - A Rotten Tooth Removed from the World's Mouth

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), May 3, 2011

"Bin Laden's Death" - Satan Comes to Take His Body

Al-Hayat (Saudi Arabia), May 4, 2011

Bin Laden's Second-in-Command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Is Next

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), May 4, 2011

Obama Emerges as Hero after U.S. Kills Bin Laden

"Obama Stallone, Star of the Latest American Action Film, 'The Night Bin Laden Was Caught'"

Al-Dustour (Jordan), May 3, 2011

At the Feet of Superman Obama: "The List of [Wanted in] the War against Al-Qaeda"

Al-Arab (Qatar), May 4, 2011

"Osama Bin Laden: The End"

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), May 3, 2011

Osama's Death Paves the Way for Obama's Second Term

Sign Reads: "Obama for a Second Term"

Al-Quds (Jerusalem), May 3, 2011

"Bin Laden's Death" - Coffin Holding "Osama Bin Laden" Bridges Gap between Obama and Path to "a Second Term"

Al-Shurouq (Algeria), May 4, 2011

"Bin Laden" Impaled on Rhinoceros's Horn; Obama: "I Killed Him, I Won, I Calmed Down, and I Made Sure I'd Get Elected to a Second Term"

Akhbar Al-Khaleej (Bahrain), May 3, 2011

Newspaper Reads: "Announcement of Osama Bin Laden's Death"; Sign Reads: "New Presidential Term"

Al-Ittihad (UAE), May 3, 2011

*N. Shamni is a research fellow at MEMRI.