why i submittd the story? (4.25 / 4) (#47)
by pamri on Mon Oct 01, 2001 at 11:54:40 PM EST
First of all, I have to admit to my idiocy, that my presumption, that everyone could relate to the subtle political references in the cartoon & also everyone could get the humour. Since, I had proclaimed, there is a "grain of truth", I may as well defend myself, why I did it.
Some important points:
1.The cartoon is not a reflection of what is happening, rather the writer's reflection of what "may" happen, which probably, here is based upon US behaviour to such incidents in the past.
(eg:-bombing of a factory in Sudan, after the US embasssy bombings in '99, which turned out to be a pharmeautical Co. Indeed, the US never acknowledged it made a mistake. )
2.Note, the artist does not seems to be against US military action, but the way in which the US proceeds. For eg, while the US mediation in the Gulf wars was welcome & right, but the way, in which it carpet bombed Iraq, leaving Saddam Hussein more cautious & more venegeful, but leaving Iraq's population in a sorry state. Do note that, while the US has restrained itself very well, the signals emanating after Sep11 from G.Bush were not so. That's what this cartoon is pointing at, I beleive.
3.It also makes fun of Indian & Pakistani leadership for giving outright support (not the moral or logistical one, but use the of air bases, military facilities, etc.,), while thier people are in abject poverty. And the main reason, they (India & Pak) are doing, is to score brownie points over each other.
What the author meant by support by 50 countries, is that Osama is more popular than the US ( among a certain section) in some countries, due to hatred towards the US.
Doesn't the punch line "Uncle Osama wants you" show that Osama, even with a few resources, but through massive propaganda has influenced a lot of people.
4.Again, this cartoon show how the US jumped to conclusion that Osama did it, without any evidence (in the first 2 weeks, atleast).
5.This one parodies, that while GW.Bush was talking about how free America is, the situation was turning to be, quite the opposite.(attocks on racial minorities, dow jones crashing, the govt., deciding to increase snooping - carnivore,etc) The drug use probably refers to the fact, that while, the US accuses Afghanistan of growing opium, most of the users are here.
6.About the Nostradamus Episode. I am surprised to see some comments, that Nostradamus never said anything like this. Oh my! Can't you see the humour, guys.
Nostradamus never "said" anything about the WTC as well. It was "interpreted", after the WTC attacks happened. (He writes in an already forgotten language & that too like a sort of ballad, & most of the so called "predictions" are interpreted right after it happens.)
Hence, we have nostradamus predicting that "Dubya" is having 2 egss, burnt toast & black coffe for breakfast the morning, like everyday. And Dubya wondering how he can predict it.
And finally, do note, certain things may be exaggerated for the sake of humour & do take everything appearing in the media with a pinch of salt.