Two Continents and the Pentagon Roiled
Feb. 7, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 10
IN THE NEWS
Embassies torched as cartoon furor grows
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Furious Syrians set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies on Saturday as protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed showed no signs of abating despite calls for calm.
—Rasha Elass, Reuters, Feb. 5, 2006
Joint Chiefs Send Rare Protest letter to 'Wash Post' Over 'Reprehensible' Toles Cartoon
NEW YORK — A Tom Toles editorial cartoon published in The Washington Post on Monday and on its Web site has drawn a very rare and very strong protest letter to the editors from all six members of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, E&P has learned.
—Joe Strupp, Dave Astor and Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Feb. 1, 2006
What do Islamic fundamentalists, EU Newspapers and the U.S. Military high command have in common?
Nobody knows when to back off.
What's going on in Europe and the Middle East is an unnecessary tragedy and a PR catastrophe.
What's going on between the Pentagon and The Washington Post is déjà vu all over again.
What can businesses learn from everybody being mad as hell at each other?
The History of Cartoons
The American political cartoon was drawn by Benjamin Franklin.
However, the father of the modern political cartoon was Civil War battlefield artist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), who's beloved by children for his rendering of Santa Claus that inspired Clement Clarke Moore to write the immortal "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
In 1868, Nast's savage cartoons of the corrupt New York Tammany Hall politician, William Marcy ("Boss") Tweed, were so effective that Tweed ordered his henchmen to "Stop them damn pictures. I don't care what the papers write about me. My constituents can't read. But, damn it, they can see the pictures."