Monday, August 14, 2006

Cosmo Fishawk, Meet Mel Gibson

Woah ho ho . . . a political Shoe! And what do we find? Is Shoe as anti-Semitic as B.C. tends to be? What makes me ask? Well, "foreign aid" = "helping the enemy" = "treason" seems to be the gist here, no? And what country does the U.S. provide the most foreign aid to????

Well, OK, Iraq, and technically, we ARE at war with Iraq. Well, we aren't at war WITH Iraq, but IN Iraq or whatever. Doesn't matter. Traditionally, the largest amount of U.S. foreign aid goes to . . . ISRAEL! And, even now, Israel is second only to Iraq. State Dept. figures here. (page 17)

So, what's the political commentary going on here? That we shouldn't provide aid to Iraq? Is this an anti-war strip? Or is it anti-Semitic, and the artist is hoping we don't realize how much aid we provide to Israel? Or is it a plea for isolationism? I will say that there are some real doozies on that list of aid -- Sudan, for instance. I'm just not entirely sure of the point here. It could be an anti-Peruvian screed . . . Peru's on the list, and you know, that damn Peru and its Shining Path -- crazy, mixed up Maoist leftists. . . yeah, that's the point here. I'm sure of it!


Blogger Scott Haley said...

While saying that foreign aid is the same thing as treason is a dumb comment, I think it's wrong of you to say that it's anti-semitic. Please don't label anyone anti-semitic unless he says that Jews are bad. I think the strip may refer to the times when we've given aid to despots who've turned against us later. Saddam Hussein once received aid and praise from the US government, and we're very sorry now. We even gave weapons and training to Osama Bin Laden's army, back when he fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous M. Mariel said...

Maybe she's exaggerating? I've noticed that people are really quick to jump on something seemingly innocuous as "anti-semetic." B.C. is a good example. QUite franky, it HAS BEEN anti-semetic, but once it gets that label it seems that people look for hints of antisemitism in every strip.

THE Washington Post magazine recently did a piece on the fact that questioning of aid to Israel and support of AIPAC often gets critics labeled as "anti semetic," even though its a debate that's probably worth having.

This may be more thought than necessary given that this is a SHOE strip.!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

I'd go with straight isolationism, with a bit of nationalism thrown in.

3:12 PM  
Blogger big al said...

Do I really, really think this strip is anti-Semitic? Well, the very first thing that crossed my mind upon reading it was, "Hmmmm . .. I wonder if they know where most U.S. foreign aid traditionally goes??" And, then, yes, exaggerating . . . I thought - ANTI-SEMITES!!

I didn't see that WP Magazine article m. mariel mentioned, but there does seem to be a tendency (in some circles) to label any critisism of Israel, or of the U.S.'s pro-Israel policies as anti-Semitic.

I don't recall Shoe ever being so overtly political before (drunken bird senators aside), so I just found this to be an interesting toe-dip into politics.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Scott Haley said...

It's just a really bad thing to call a person.

9:19 PM  

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