27November

Peace Turkeys

Category Cartoons

It's that time again, time for my annual turkey cartoon.  There are always plenty of turkeys to go around and this year, I chose to give turkeys to the people throwing fits about the recent nuclear accord with Iran.  Sure, it doesn't magically make Iran throw up their hands and destroy all their nuclear goings-on.  That'd be swell, but it's not going to happen.
Even if we went with the extreme hawk option of bombing Iran, how would we know they aren't hiding their nuclear program deep in a mountain, away from our bombs?  One of the strengths of this deal is that Iran agreed to daily (yes, daily) UN inspections of their facilities.  They can still hide things, but this will make it much harder to do that.  Don't forget how well the inspections program in Iraq worked, actually better than the UN inspectors thought it was working!
 
And remember, this is a six-month preliminary agreement, with all eyes focused on what comes at the end of six months.  If it doesn't work, or if Iran cheats, stronger sanctions will be implemented and the deal will be off.  Isn't a preliminary deal worth a try?  All we have to give in return is $7 billion dollars.  But wait, they aren't even our dollars, it's Iran's money that has been inaccessible due to sanctions.  Believe me, they're still getting hammered by the remaining sanctions if that's what you'd like.
 
Enjoy the cartoon, share, rant and rave and have a Happy Thanksgiving!  (And as usual, you can find out more about the news behind the cartoon by following the links in this post or those found at my website.)

Comments (4)

  • Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe

    28 November 2013 at 13:40 |
    Good cartoon, but I wish you could've worked in a few other points. Like how there's no evidence that Iran has ever been pursuing nuclear weapons in the first place. Not to mention the hypocricy of a nation holding the biggest nuclear arsenal in history claiming that countries with nuclear weapons are dangerous.
  • Ray Doherty

    Ray Doherty

    02 December 2013 at 17:50 |
    The negative reaction on the Iran interim nuclear deal is extraordinary. The nay sayers, belligerent war mongers and saber rattlers were all trying to outdo each other. This is a sad commentary on Western imperialistic arrogance and our tendency to use bombing and punishment of other countries in order to have our way.
  • nasus

    nasus

    05 December 2013 at 14:59 |
    For Gary Kleppe - the US military puts Israel in a totally different category than Iran - not because of AIPAC but because obviously the two countries are vastly different in terms of their threats to the world. The UK also has nukes. Does that mean that they can't comment on the advisability of Iran getting nukes?

    Iran has launched attacks on civilians and US military personnel in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, etc. Not that it should matter - but it seems to - Israel is not the only country which is threatened by Iran. The former hostages are also livid at this deal.

    There is no reason for them to be pursuing nuclear weapons. After Fukushima, the rest of the world - Germany, Japan - are scaling back on nuclear energy. Iran is one of the world's largest oil producers. It's absurd that they have any interest in nuclear energy.

    We should have never gone into Iraq. But that's no reason to let Iran get nukes.
    • Gary Kleppe

      Gary Kleppe

      12 December 2013 at 19:27 |
      Nasus, the USA, Israel, and the UK have all launched attacks on civilians. So spare me the double standard.

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