Kofi Annan’s 6 point plan was due to go into effect with measurable goals on April 10th and April 12th. Other than silencing the guns (not entirely), there was little change on the ground in Syria.
Bashar Assad was clearly playing the diplomatic game to his strengths, namely, deceiving the international community as much as he could, and taking advantage of all the many conflicts around the globe which were distracting attention from forcing his hand to stop the war against his own people and begin real democratic reforms.
To satire this situation, Laughzilla penned this simple and powerful caricature of Mr. Annan and Mr. Assad, each issuing a different half of the cease fire order. This Annan Assad Cease Fire editorial cartoon first appeared in The Daily Dose on April 12, 2012.
Take the long way home
As the Passover holiday arrived, it left some Jews thinking about their neighbors afflicted by the tyrrany of their scornful dictator, Bashar Assad.
And so, Laughzilla penned this Hebrew or Syrians Fleeing Cartoon for The Daily Dose, in support of donating art to the #OccupyExodus movement, because the top 1% of refugees should not own more than half of all the mass migrations.
Typical Despostic Humor
Kicking off April 2012 was the ongoing massacre in Syria at the hands of Bashar Assad’s armed forces. He made a mockery of the UN 6 Point Peace Plan by ratcheting up the pressure on his opponenets, just as he was supposed to be laying down his guns in a cease fire, to be started by a withdrawal of troops from town centers, and more. What happened instead was that he killed more Syrians, at a faster clip.
The Daily Dose thought to caricature this failure of diplomacy in the name of saving democracy, by burying democacy in a grave, with Assad standing above, giving the old April Fool’s phrase, in this Assad Accepts. April Fool’s Cartoon.
This editorial cartoon was drawn by Laughzilla and first published on April 1st, 2012.
How Assad Reads Kofi Annan's Plan
Syria’s Bashar Assad formally accepted the UN’s Peace Plan, as presented by Kofi Annan, and then he twisted its meaning to his liking.
Laughzilla took a shot at the dictator’s arsenal of political percptions with this How Assad Accepted the UN’s 6 Point Peace Plan Editorial Cartoon, originally drawn and published for The Daily Dose on March 30, 2012.
This political cartoon of the Syrian Six-Shooter was drawn from the hip to give artistic oxygen to the #OccupyNGOs movement, because the top 1% of technocrats should not control over half of international institutions of issues.
As March 2012 rolled along, the murder carried on, and the international calls to end it were squirmish and mealy-mouthed, at best.
Laughzilla thought about the sort of relationship Assad was sharing with Death at the time, and came up with this Assad Welcomes Death in Syria cartoon for The Daily Dose.
It has been causing bone-chilling laughter ever since.
And so it was that the violence in Syria was dominating headlines in the middle of March, 2012, and Syria’s strongest neighbor, Israel, was not doing anything to help calm the situation, or support either side. The internationally acclaimed practice of political non-interference was at play. This, is realpolitik.
In response to this form of political idleness, Oy Vey and Laughzilla thought it would make a nice statement to draw an editorial cartoon to point out the hypocrisy of the Israeli government’s policy, given how many thousands of innocent civilians were being slaughtered in their neighboring state. Why not at least send humanitarian aid? Why not Love Thy Neighbor as the good book says.
Of course, the answer is, this is politics, and unfortunately for the people of Syria, their country is not blessed with large resources of oil or gas.
Who will you always love?
So it happens that in the record of history, the American pop star diva was laid to rest at the same time that the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, was slaughtering more of his Syrian subjects.
Despite the unlikely combination of the two stories, Laughzilla found a way to do just that with this diva / dictator editorial cartoon for the bitter pill webcomic at The Daily Dose in this classic Assad / Houston cartoon.
By the way, if you don’t yet own your own copy of The Daily Dose editorial cartoon books, you might want to, with this caveat: The humor kills and the illustrations are to die for.