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Iconic Extrajudicial Execution of Jesus through Osama by US?

Whither a cyclopean global Pax Americana lacking depth perception? (Part #1)

Method of exploration
Analytical themes
Eliminating the personal focus of an ideal
Just war, just terrorism and just deserts?
Terrorism and terminological game-playing
Evidence and proof
Justice -- in a context of flagrant injustice?
Conspiracy theories
Towards a psychoanalysis of collective self-harm?
Myth-making drama
Possible themes for mythical drama
Two-eyed truth as anathema -- in a cyclopean civilization
Self-reflexivity through elaboration of better stories

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Extensive media coverage is to be expected following the execution of "Osama bin Laden" -- supplemented by socio-political analysis of every kind. As a media phenomenon, the following exploration focuses on the remarkable similarity between depictions of Osama bin Laden and those of the historical Jesus, as displayed in many churches and especially in Christian Sunday school iconography. Why are those depictions so similar to Western eyes?

As widely remarked, in a highly politicized and media-oriented global civilization, there is much focus on the symbolism of the face. For a politician the face is frequently the key to the recognition-factor essential for successful election. The face, and its public exposure, has become an obligatory key to identity for security purposes (Challenges to Facist Identity and Facial Identification, 2009). The worldwide movement to dark glasses as a fashion accessory is now matched by legislative measures to prohibit covering other areas of the face (Burkha as Metaphorical Mirror for Imperious Culture? 2009).

The importance of the face for collective identity was recognized in classical Greece with respect to Helen of Troy -- "a face to launch a thousand ships". That of Osama might be said to have "launched a thousand missiles". In what sense did his face "work" to elicit that response?

There has been little serious comment on the irony of the similarity between the depictions of Osama and Jesus and what this may imply at the most fundamental levels of the human psyche. The question was only raised on Yahoo Answers following the execution of "Osama" -- evoking a variety of responses (Why does Osama bin Laden resemble Jesus?). The resemblance has been jokingly raised by bloggers (cf Top 10 Similarities Between Osama bin Laden and Jesus).

The concern here is however with the sub-conscious impact of the conflation of these images -- especially when one is framed as an appropriate focus for hate and the other as the most appropriate focus for love. Curiously Osama has been the "most wanted" for over a decade, whereas Jesus has long been upheld as the "most wanted" -- for those anticipating his (promised) return.

It has been decided that that of Osama, in its disfigured condition following his execution, should not be displayed -- for fear it might provide a focus for anti-American sentiment elsewhere. Is the probability rather that this would provoke challenging comparisons amongst American Christians with that of the iconic Jesus -- displayed in agony on the cross with a crown of thorns -- an image to to which Christians have been exposed since Sunday school? The crucifixion image is perversely echoed by one of a prisoner being tortured in Abu Ghraib -- reproduced as a cover-photo of The Economist (8-14 May 2004).

The question is to what highly problematic confusion does this sub-conscious conflation of iconic images and their associations give rise? Is there a sense in which it is "Jesus" who has been executed through "Osama" -- and perhaps deliberately sacrificed to enable and ensure a Pax Americana? The question is all the more intriguing in that the much-hailed "clash of civilizations" fails to address the possibility that a complex icon of such profound psycho-spiritual significance may be variously understood -- thereby engendering that "clash".

Is what is deprecated as a "clash" better recognized as a failure to bring contrasting "visions" into some form of stereoscopic focus -- using both what is effectively the "Jesus-eye" and the "Osama-eye"? Is the clash a problem of parallax, projection and perception? Does removal of one "eye" then ensure a cyclopean global civilization completely lacking in depth perception? And what of any subconscious effort to remove both?

In a context so dependent on global media, such questions raise the possibility of the need for more powerful stories to integrate elements variously presented as fact and experienced as fiction.

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