Following the killings of civilians in Syria this week from some kind of gas attack, by perpetrators as yet unknown, the governments of the US, UK and France have swept aside any factual investigation, judged the Assad government guilty and are beating the drums ever louder for war.
How has the Guardian responded to this? Aside from pro-war articles that parrot government statements , and column inches given over to pro-war commentators, there have been three cartoons in the last four days: two depicting Assad soaked in blood (one from Gary Barker, the other from Chris Riddell), and another from Ben Jennings ridiculing Obama for not going to war quickly enough.
However artistic, however subtly clever these cartoons may claim to be, they are nothing more than pro-war propaganda, especially given the timing of showing such cartoons, right when Western governments need their citizens to support intervention. Forget the facts (or lack of them), forget the Geneva peace talks, the message is clear: “Assad is an evil madman and he must be stopped!”
If a picture speaks a thousand words, these pictures are saying “go to war, go to war”, over and over again.
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