Iran Political Cartoons
The Arab Spring has sprung. It’s going to be interesting how all these countries in turmoil today shake out in the end. There’s not a lot the U.S. can do about it, either. Ideally, I’d like to see representative democracy take over, but even that could be problematic, especially for Israel. The mainstream thought in the Arab Middle East is against the existence of that small country. Egypt’s government was an exception, but what happens next is anybody’s guess.
I am in no way a Middle East expert. One of the great things about being an editorial cartoonist is to be able to comment on things I know nothing about. In infuriates the know-it-alls, which gives me great pleasure. Know-it-alls are insufferable bores with a matching sense of humor.
I rarely comment on foreign affairs in general. If I’m not drawing cartoons about national issues, I’m drawing about local ones. I’ve always been concerned about my neighborhood, so I’ll be more likely to draw about Connecticut than Qatar. Some people will see that as provincial, narrow and insular. That’s right. Those people. The know-it-alls.
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