[ by Charles Cameron — pop messianism, Syria, 2013 ]
The caption for the Bashar al-Assad image reads:
Bashar the Wahhabi Slayer [ image ] Has killed more than 40,000 Wahhabi terrorists who came from all over the world to destroy Syria
and Phillip Smyth, who tweeted it, commented:
This photo has been uploaded onto many pro-#Assad & pro-Shia (in #Syria) militia pages. Note how dead are characterized
How the dead are characterized?
Why, as Wahhabi terrorists, explicitly — and implicitly as vampires.
FWIW, I’d argue (broad strokes) that “Wahhabi terrorists” is directed at the conscious mind, and “vampires” at the emotions.