2003 vs. 2013

Shortly after posting this cartoon, a reader emailed me asking if I was saying that I wanted the US to bomb Syria. But this comic isn’t really about what we should do. I don’t have any good answers. What I find fascinating about this whole situation is how different our reaction was ten years ago to the idea of chemical weapons in the hands of a brutal dictator. In that case, of course, Americans had been knowingly misled to think Iraq had some connection to 9/11. Much of our nonchalance about Syria is clearly a reaction to the debacle of Iraq. But I can’t help but wish more of the skepticism and prudence people are exhibiting now (including many politicians who were gung-ho on attacking Iraq) had been around in 2003, when those of us who voiced such skepticism were pilloried.


  • Joseph

    The RT (Russia Today) news network is giving really great, honest, intelligent coverage of this whole Syria business. One thing they don’t quite make clear though, is the reason why the U.S. ruling class wants to topple the Syrian government. U.S. elites basically want to own and control the world and everything in it. They have been encircling Russia and China, which they see as threats to U.S. hegemony and eventual total domination of the world. This should be obvious, but billions are spent every year on various forms of propaganda and indoctrination to make it not quite so obvious for the average U.S. American with no independent or critical thinking skills.

    Syria will not submit to full-blown, neoliberal, global capitalism led by the U.S. and its junior partners of the West. Syria refuses to allow foreign (Western) investors and business magnates to exploit its natural resources and its labor pool, and dominate its domestic market. The Syrian government has decided that Syria’s wealth and control over their own society belongs to Syrians. This prospect is completely outrageous to U.S. ruling class sociopaths.

    • Aylithe Hyrexia Zoldas

      Thank you for laying it on so thick that there isn’t even a question as to whether you’re a biased / paid source.
      I simply have too much faith in my fellow humans to believe anybody could be as absurd and ignorant as you are being right now without an anterior motive.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.