Muslim radicals are troubled by a new cartoon circulating on the Internet. But it's not for reasons you might think. This week, users at the elite terrorist forum Shumukh created a pro-Al Qaeda cartoon series to appeal to younger, would-be jihadists. But according to The Telegraph's foreign affairs correspondent Damien McElroy, some readers of the jihadist forum don't think it's suitable for children: "There was strong criticism of the cartoons on internet forums for jihadists. Users complained they made the scarf-wearing fighters look too 'scary' for children," he writes. Maybe the protagonist militants should have had a talking animal sidekick?
The cartoon is believed to be published by Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical preacher who's lived in both Britain and the United States and Samir Khan, who was born in North Carolina, reports McElroy. "They are trying out new methods to make terrorism exciting to young people and even to children," national security analyst Noman Benotman tells him. So what's so spooky about this new cartoon? According to Will McCants, the editor of Jihadica, a well-respected militant studies website, "posters in Shumukh have said the demon glare of the mujahideen might scare kids a bit too much." It's true, they do kind of look like the bad guys: