Friday, February 24, 2006

Putting Things into Perspective

The value of political cartoons is how they are able to put issues into perspective with a single picture. The Danish cartoon of Mohammed with a bomb-shaped turban exactly captured the view that the West has of Islam, a view that was shaped by Muslims who resort to violence in order to force their fanatical religious views on the rest of the world.

In an update below I linked to a number of cartoons that have accurately captured our reaction to Muslim outrage over the cartoons, and these cartoons, drawn by Muslims, reveal the hypocrisy of that outrage in dramatic fashion when compared to the cartoons that inspired them to burn down foreign embassies and kill innocent Christians.

What prompted this line of thought, though, was a new cartoon by Cox and Forkum that accurately captures the spirit of Jimmy Carter, and his continued support of the murderers of Hamas.

Carter's attitude is hardly new though. As evidence I offer a passage from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. The passage is found after the discovery of Injun Joe's corpse inside McDougall's cave, and his subsequent burial near the mouth of the cave.

This funeral stopped the further outgrowth of one thing--the petition to the Governor for Injun Joe's pardon. The petition had been largely signed; many tearful and eloquent meetings had been held, and a committe of sappy women been appointed to go in deep mourning and wail around the Governor, and implore him to be a merciful ass and trample his duty under foot. Injun Joe was believed to have killed five citizens of the village, but what of that? If he had been Satan himself there would have been plenty of weaklings ready to scribble their names to a pardon petition, and drip a tear on it from their permanently impaired and leaky waterworks.

Jimmy Carter is the intellectual descendant of those "sappy women" caricatured by Twain. Let's just hope Bush doesn't decide to be a merciful ass. Again, I mean.

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