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Each week, I will try to show you an example of a brilliant idea that never ran in the paper due to narrow thinking or lack of imagination on the part of some editor.

In this particular case, I showed the above sketch to Editorial Page Editor Tony Fins, who said, "I don't get it."

I explained that Bush had indicated that he wanted the Guantanamo military tribunals to be conducted like the Nuremberg war crimes trials after World War II. I looked up the counts upon which the Nuremberg charges were based, and lo and behold, Count One was "Conspiracy To Wage Aggressive War."

I thought this was rather ironic in light of the moral bankruptcy of our pretenses for going to war in Iraq, and felt that what was sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander.

Editorial Page Editor Tony Fins' take:

"Unlike Chan, I'm not as well-versed on the language in the Nuremberg counts
and indictments. But I do know this much, we're not Nazis. It's not an
appropriate comparison, even if it's a joke."

Why don't you let us know if you think this cartoon was legitimate commentary, and should have run in the paper, or whether it was over the top and a cheap shot? If you're one of the few people left who still admire President Bush, please try to keep it clean.

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I don't think most people would get the joke.

How do you not get this joke ?!?! You have to be either blind, ignorant or one of the last 10 Bush supporters to not understand the irony. In this. And you do not need to compare this to the Nazis to have similiar circumstances.

Yet once again a completely moronic opinion that ignores those crazy things called "Facts". The intelligence to invade Iraq was acquired by Germany, not the U.S. The United Nations, as weak as it is, passed 16 resolutions condemning the Iraqi govt and it's possession of weapons of mass destruction. The UN threatened the use of force if those resolution's demands weren't met. President Bill Clinton said, in 1998, that the only way to deal with Iraq was "regime change". The Congress, including a great many Democrats, voted for the use of force on Iraq in 2003. In the latest admission from Saddam, before his execution, he stated he WANTED to act as if he had WMD to thwart attacks from Iran and other Middle East nations. He discounted the resolve of the U.S. after 9/11. That is why he removed weapons inspectors, yet again, in 1998 for the last time. Please educate yourself before you make stupid comic strips that show how ignorant you are. We are fighting "Al-Qaida in Iraq". We either fight there or HERE. Apparently you would choose that we fight here. I certainly hope that your policital desires are NOT met. Hey, Rudy, it is called "reading", try it out, bud. It is morons like you that make this country weak.

Sorry, COLIN, not Rudy. :D

personally, I think Chan nailed it.

I agree that a newspaper editor's desk is no place for narrow-mindedness, but seeing it as comparing our gov't to Nazis is one I could imagine being inappropriate. Chan, don't discard the idea completely - maybe you can tweak it to make it more palatable.

colin you do not know your history that well. prescott bush and herbert walker the grand father and uncle of heir shrub laundered money for Fritz Thyssen a German Industrialist who help to fund Hitler's Nazi war machine. So it is actually right on point. And for you who still reside in La La land, fascism is alive and well in ameriKKKa. Add to that Bigotry/Racism/Intolerance and a large dose of Denial.

For colin, Almost a dozen former U.S. diplomats, British scholars and former U.S. intelligence officials have confirmed that Saddam was strongly linked with the CIA, and that the US intelligence, under President John F. Kennedy, helped Saddam seize power for the first time in 1963. Saddam Hussein in the past was seen by U.S. intelligence services as a bulwark of anti-communism and they used him as their instrument for more than 40 years. His first contacts with U.S. officials date back to 1959, when he was part of a CIA-authorized six-man squad tasked with assassinating then Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qassim. Saddam, while only in his early 20s, became a part of a U.S. plot to get rid of Qassim. Saddam was installed in an apartment in Baghdad on al-Rashid Street directly opposite Qassim's office in Iraq's Ministry of Defense, to observe Qassim's movements. The move was done with full knowledge of the CIA, and Saddam's CIA handler was an Iraqi dentist working for CIA. Then you add the fact that ronald Bedtime with Bonzo reagan and george h.w. Read My Lips No New Taxes bush sold weapons to both Iraq and Iran during the Iran/Iraq war. This included dual purpose componets that could be used to make Chemical/Biological Weapons. So wake up and smell the bushisms you are shoveling.

I read this after hearing today that the Hague Tribunal has arraigned three Croation generals on charges related to "ethnic cleansing" - need I go on ?

Brilliant! This has been something that has been bugging me since this war began. A big part of the Nuremburg trials were for their part in waging a preemptive war based on false and fabricated pretenses. Your editor's reaction was completely inappropriate. The administration is not guilty of many of the appalling crimes of the Nazi regime, but this does not mean that they are not guilty of some of them. Waging a preemptive war of aggression against a country that poses no real threat is illegal under international law. This precedent was set at the Nuremburg trials and those who defend this administration should not be allowed to ignore this fact.

Essentially Nuremberg wasn't about the Nazis but standards of behavoir that we asserted were applicable for all countries. Nazi leaders violated these standards and we deemed it just to hold them accountable.

Your cartoon rightly highlights that in the case of Iraq we did not hold ourselves to the same standards.

I love seeing the rejects! Keep 'em coming!

If the main crimes of the Nazis were genocide and waging aggressive war, then I think, many nations are guilty - America included. The Nazis make a fine scapegoat in movies and such, but the drive for absolute power is -unfortunately - human.

It is so funny that the Bush haters just leave out any facts that prove this strip is indeed false and misleading.

As one person got it right it took over 16 resolutions condemning the Iraqi govt and it's possession of weapons of mass destruction were in place before any one used force against Iraq. Blame Saddam for it not Bush.

Nothing this country did was an illegal act against Iraq. Most just don’t care to understand that.

Lets all just forget the fact that Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990.

Would that not also be a preemptive war of aggression against a country that poses no real threat and is illegal under what most call international law? But I don’t recall any one saying what he did was Illegal?

Now after we won the gulf war our country put in place no-fly zones. Does any one recall how many times our pilots were shot at by Saddam’s military? How many of you understand that is an act of war?

When the U.S fights back against these type of leaders, people cannot wait to condemn our government but if Saddam or someone like him kills thousands of his own people or wages war on another country its ok with you because its over there and who cares about them.

The only thing most of you know about Nazis is from the Indiana Jones movies you seen and not what they were back in WW2.

I get my news from The Daily Show. Humor has always been the strongest shot in the arm to induce a reality check. Censorship
cannot be condoned when the voice cries out for some intelligent intercourse on any subject. Humor can stimulate, and soothe. It can enlighten, and dumbfound. It can enrage and educate. It is one of the sharpest weapons against ignorance and apathy. God bless those with the power of making us take a closer look at ourselves. Thanks, Mister.

a few comments...
Yes Chan it was a cheap shot.
Tony Fins should look for another line of work if he doesn't know about Nuremberg.
You, Chan, may be looking for another job by exposing an editor's shallowness.

KUDOS, PAUL. Finally someone with those crazy "facts" again.

brilliant satire, chan. i too agree that the war is and was illegal. my question to people like brian, is how can you use the same tired line, "we're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here", when it was our invasion that allowed AQI to gain a foothold in iraq in the first place? your facts state that saddam didn't have wmd's but wanted the mid-east to think he did to thwart attack. so what exactly was our rationale for invasion in '03? cleaning up daddy's missed opportunity from the first gulf war? the one legitimate war we started, with afghanistan, was conveniently swept aside after our "victory" over the taliban. just in time for BILLIONS of our tax dollars to be grossly mismanaged in the morass that is iraq . by the way, it isn't people like lowe or those who oppose irrational leadership that make this country weak, it's the sheep like you that "baah" along with the crap that you are fed by that flawed administration that has put this country in the situation we are in now.

Absolutely brilliant! Exactly what an editorial/opinion cartoon should be; intelligent, witty, biting and right on target. It drives its point using historical fact and irony to make us laugh at something of an all too serious nature that too many people choose to ignore. As far as an Editor fearing a Nazi comparison, most of the citizens of Germany may not have agreed with their government, but they supported its actions and allowed it to exist, and we know how history judged their blindness. The job of a free press is to spotlight what is wrong with our government as it is happening now, to be the shining light through the smokescreen of those who would rather we not see the truth.

You go, Chan. Fins can peddle his wrapped-in-the-flag fish on Calle Ocho.

This is the finest example of editorial cartoon comment I have seen in many years.

Mr. Bush and his cronies are today seeking future protection so that they are not brought up in an international tribunal as war criminals. That is fact. And yes...they are concerned about it.

There may well come a day, with the whole world watching, when justice will be served by trials of Mr. Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and others as war criminals.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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