"Beside this thoroughfare
The sale of half-hose has
Long since superseded the cultivation
Of Pierian roses."
For better or worse, I decided to alter the cartoon by changing "sanctions" in the third panel to "presence." I think this is better overall (hopefully it doesn't forecast the punchline too much).And I doubt anyone cares, but...What follows is the original comment I posted before I made the above change. It explains why I chose the word "sanctions" and mentions what inspired me to make the cartoon.* * *I was going to put something about the "figure" planning to nationalize something in his country but thought this might make the punchline easier to guess. Reading it over now I'm wondering if I should have though, since sanctions are usually stopped due to cooperation, not defiance. (I was picturing a situation where the unnamed country planned to exert pressure with other countries to end the sanctions, or any other situation where the sanctions were challenged without the country complying to whatever caused the sanctions in the first place. In either case, I think the context implies this view enough for the joke to work regardless of how atypical a situation it might require.) Anyway, if I were to remake the comic I'd probably change this, as well as take more time on the lettering.The reason I mentioned sanctions at all was because I got the idea for this political cartoon after reading the following article by Glenn Greenwald."Last week, on January 3, The Guardian published a scathing Op-Ed by James Richardson blaming WikiLeaks for endangering the life of Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the democratic opposition in Zimbabwe. Richardson -- a GOP operative, contributor to RedState.com, and a for-hire corporate spokesman -- pointed to a cable published by WikiLeaks in which American diplomats revealed that Tsvangirai, while publicly opposing American sanctions on his country, had privately urged their continuation as a means of weakening the Mugabe regime: an act likely to be deemed to be treasonous in that country, for obvious reasons. By publishing this cable, "WikiLeaks may have committed its own collateral murder," Richardson wrote. He added: "WikiLeaks ought to leave international relations to those who understand it – at least to those who understand the value of a life."[...]There was just one small problem with all of this: it was totally false. It wasn't WikiLeaks which chose that cable to be placed into the public domain, nor was it WikiLeaks which first published it. It was The Guardian that did that." [FULL ARTICLE]
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