Thursday, September 21, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Hugo Chavez calls George W. Bush the "Devil" at United Nations

US ambassador John Bolton stated that the Bush Administration was not going to respond to the statements made by Hugo Chavez at the United Nations because they viewed it as a "comic strip" approach to international affairs (as if that's a BAD thing!)

So I guess that leaves it up to me (and my own "comic strip approach") to comment on the speech instead ;)

I have to admit that I found the "sulfur" bit pretty funny :) You know, for a second there I thought I was watching a stand-up routine at the "Just for Laughs" festival, instead of an actual speech at the United Nations. But all kidding aside, the "speech" given by Venezuela's president is a pretty disturbing indication of just how much respect and credibility the United States has lost in the world, when it actually becomes the butt of jokes delivered at the United Nations.

Chavez's jabs at President Bush also seems to indicate the confidence he has in believing that he can say whatever he wants about the Bush Administration and there is nothing that they can do about it. Personally, I think a lot of this "confidence" has come out 0f the recent "Nonaligned Summit" in Cuba and the economic agreement signed between Venezuela and Iran. Recently, Chavez has expressed his full support of Tehran's nuclear ambitions and warned that the United States would regret any decision to attack Iran, which makes me wonder what kind of "support" Venezuela has received in return.

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1 Comments:

Blogger MikeFitz said...

Well comic strips never actually hurt anyone, do they? Winning hearts and minds with laughter is far preferable to doing it with bombs and torture.

The real skill of a cartoonist or comedian is pushing satire as far as possible without crossing the line and causing offence.

Chavez achieved this. However certain Danish cartoons depicting a certain prophet sadly did cross the line and caused enough offence as to fuel actual violence.

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