28August

Fireagra, for foreign policy impotence

Category Cartoons

Like most people, I want someone to pay for the unconscionable chemical weapons attacks on civilians in Syria.  I want evil people to be discouraged from doing something as awful in the future.  I want a magic bomb that will take out Syria's chemical weapons ability without messing anything else up. 
It's the "without messing anything else up" part that is the most difficult.  Actually, taking out their chemical weapons capability is difficult, too.
 
Even though using chemical weapons is clearly wrong, the situation in Syria as a whole is not clear at all.  Let's imagine we really were an effective global policeman.  Once we take out Assad, then what?  Conversely, if we don't support the (in many cases jihadist) rebels, aren't we supporting Assad?  And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  This is one of the most complicated foreign policy situations I've ever tackled in my cartoons, in many ways more complicated than what unfolded in Iraq.
 
The whole world seems completely impotent when it comes to Syrian foreign policy, yet much of the world seems ready to use Fireagra once again.  I just thought we should be clear about the side effects.  Now comment, Facebook, email and do all that other good sharing stuff with this cartoon so more people can pay attention to the calamity in Syria, and do something about it.

Comments (4)

  • Lwagner

    Lwagner

    06 September 2013 at 01:28 |
    Fantastic! Thanks
  • Beverly Owens

    Beverly Owens

    06 September 2013 at 10:55 |
    Oh my goodness gracious, that is so spot on!!
  • lynne morris

    lynne morris

    07 September 2013 at 12:36 |
    Fireagra is a terrific description of the "empire"
    Thank you
  • Sami

    Sami

    24 February 2014 at 19:33 |
    Nicely said but Firagra turned out to be a placebo too

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