Cartoons from the British Independent

In this cartoon video from the USA:

Vice President Cheney responds to the notion that Blackwater might be barred from Iraq.

By Anindya Bhattacharyya in Britain:

An Independent Line is a new book and exhibition at the Political Cartoon Gallery in London featuring cartoons by the Independent newspaper’s three editorial cartoonists – Dave Brown, Peter Schrank and Tim Sanders, whose work also graces this paper.

The exhibition covers the past 12 years and it’s striking how the earlier cartoons seem to come from a completely different era. Much of the humour concerns Bill Clinton’s sexual peccadillos, or former Tory leader William Hague’s bald head.

But 9/11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq transform the tone of the exhibition. It also brings out the best in the cartoonists, as their outrage turns to focus on the lies, murder and torture doled out by George Bush and Tony Blair.

The Iraq war is the overwhelming event of the century,” says Tim Sanders. “The world has become darker since then and cartoonists – who tend to be dark and twisted people – come into their own.

“Cartoons act as a wonderful historical record – you can look at them to see the world expressed in ink and bile on paper. It’s in black and white, a stark and violent expression appropriate to violent times.”

The theme of the war figures prominently. The cover of the book displays cartoons by all three artists of prominent figures in the “war on terror” such as Condoleezza Rice, Gordon Brown and Osama bin Laden – all with blood on their hands.

Part of the reason for this was the decision by the Independent to play a campaigning role against the Iraq war in 2003. Since then it has kept up its critical coverage of the “war on terror” with reports from journalists such as Patrick Cockburn and Robert Fisk.

The Imperialist Right Threatens Obama on Iraq: here.

Washington’s new alibi for a criminal war: the “surge has worked”: here.

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    From The Sunday Times
    September 2, 2007
    Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran
    Sarah Baxter, Washington

    THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

    Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

    Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

    President George Bush intensified the rhetoric against Iran last week, accusing Tehran of putting the Middle East “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust”. He warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran “before it is too late”.

    One Washington source said the “temperature was rising” inside the administration. Bush was “sending a message to a number of audiences”, he said — to the Iranians and to members of the United Nations security council who are trying to weaken a tough third resolution on sanctions against Iran for flouting a UN ban on uranium enrichment.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week reported “significant” cooperation with Iran over its nuclear programme and said that uranium enrichment had slowed. Tehran has promised to answer most questions from the agency by November, but Washington fears it is stalling to prevent further sanctions. Iran continues to maintain it is merely developing civilian nuclear power.

    Bush is committed for now to the diplomatic route but thinks Iran is moving towards acquiring a nuclear weapon. According to one well placed source, Washington believes it would be prudent to use rapid, overwhelming force, should military action become necessary.

    Israel, which has warned it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, has made its own preparations for airstrikes and is said to be ready to attack if the Americans back down.

    Alireza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which uncovered the existence of Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, said the IAEA was being strung along. “A number of nuclear sites have not even been visited by the IAEA,” he said. “They’re giving a clean bill of health to a regime that is known to have practised deception.”

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, irritated the Bush administration last week by vowing to fill a “power vacuum” in Iraq. But Washington believes Iran is already fighting a proxy war with the Americans in Iraq.

    The Institute for the Study of War last week released a report by Kimberly Kagan that explicitly uses the term “proxy war” and claims that with the Sunni insurgency and Al-Qaeda in Iraq “increasingly under control”, Iranian intervention is the “next major problem the coalition must tackle”.

    Bush noted that the number of attacks on US bases and troops by Iranian-supplied munitions had increased in recent months — “despite pledges by Iran to help stabilise the security situation in Iraq”.

    It explains, in part, his lack of faith in diplomacy with the Iranians. But Debat believes the Pentagon’s plans for military action involve the use of so much force that they are unlikely to be used and would seriously stretch resources in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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