The winner, already, is choice (b). This just in from Reuters:
After describing the three photos of “what appeared to be Paul Marshall Johnson’s severed head[,]” the story elaborates:
“This act of revenge is to heal the hearts of believers in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula,” the statement said.
“This is God’s voice rising in anger… at the treatment of Muslims in Abu Ghraib, al-Hair (prison), Guantanamo, Ruwais (Saudi prison) and others,” it added, referring to U.S. military prisons in Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Johnson was an employee of defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which manufactures U.S. helicopter gunships.
The statement said al Qaeda had killed him because of “what Muslims have suffered from American Apache planes and their rockets.”