(Disclaimer: this is a work of fiction. Learn to take a joke; you’ll live longer.)
RIYADH/OTTAWA – A group in Saudi Arabia apologised and deleted a Twitter post showing an image of an Air Canada passenger plane veering towards Toronto’s tallest skyscraper with a warning against meddling in others’ affairs for the ‘Photoshop inaccuracies’ in the intended message.
Infographic KSA, described on its website as a volunteer group of Saudi youth interested in technology, published the image of the airliner with the warning: “He who interferes with what doesn’t concern him finds what doesn’t please him.”
After confirming that the image was supposed to be a threat that reminisced scenes during the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, when 19 hijackers – 15 of whom were Saudi nationals – flew airliners into the World Trade Center’s twin towers and the Pentagon, the group confessed that it had messed up the picture.
“It was supposed to be a blatant threat that said that if you mess with us, we’ll pull off a 9/11 on you. Unfortunately we messed it up,” a senior member of the group said.
“Not only is there an insufficient number of planes in the image, the angle with which it is approaching the skyscraper is all wrong as well. And yes, in hindsight we could’ve drawn it closer to the building for there to be no doubt in the intended message.”
The group later apologised for the “inaccurate” post and said it regretted that the image was unfortunately misinterpreted as symbolising the return of Canada’s Ambassador Dennis Horak.
The group has vowed to put up a more accurate and more grotesque image of the intended threat to Canada very soon.