Angels One Five Descend on Aleppo

Today we have a cartoon referencing a cartoon.

Saturday 17th December. Guardian– Martin Rowson/ David Low



David Low, 1940 – Indian ink and black chalk, with erasures in body colour , (38.5cm x 49.5cm). The Tate Collection.

David Low’s cartoon was published in the Evening Standard ,10th June 1940. It was a reference to the German occupation of the Low Countries in the Summer of 1940. Himmler, carrying a book entitled ‘Gestapo Death List’ is accompanied by two other members of the SS carrying a whip and a truncheon.


In Martin Rowsons reinterpretation of the work, Obama is asking Putin “What the hell have you done?” (Putin holding the reins on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and, for now just out of the picture, President Elect Donald Trump)  This remark seems to be both in reference  to the complicity in bombing civilians and hospitals in Aleppo with reports of women and children being massacred and also referencing reports coming from the the CIA and FBI that Putin was also directly responsible for interfering in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump.

President Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry rebuked the Russian and Iranian backed Syrian regime for carrying out “nothing short of a massacre” in Aleppo, as tens of thousands of civilians were held in the recent siege of the rebel stronghold. Reports of women and children being executed in the streets came out of the beleagured city by verifiable sources.

Mr Kerry called for an “immediate, verifiable, and durable cessation of hostilities” and urged both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian leaders to participate in direct negotiations with the United Nations in Geneva.

“There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for the indiscriminate and savage brutality against civilians shows by the regime and by its Russian and Iranian allies over the past few weeks and, indeed, over the past five years,” he said at a press briefing.

President Barack Obama is also promising that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in America’s election process.

As the White House grew more bullish about suggesting President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, Obama said he’d spoken directly to Putin about his concerns about Russian meddling. He said whenever a foreign government tries to interfere in U.S. elections, the nation must take action “and we will at a time and place of our own choosing.”

Chris Walker.


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