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May 31, 2011

Chan Lowe: Sarah Palin ratchets up the campaign


This is just a muscle-flexing exercise. It’s a smack with a rolled-up newspaper to remind the little people⎯like Pawlenty, Romney, Huntsman and especially that cut-rate knock-off, Michele Bachmann⎯who’s got the real clout.

All she has to do is get on the back of a Harley and the media is breathlessly galloping in her exhaust. Look, I’ve just done a cartoon about her. She’s toying with us; she won’t even release her schedule. It’s like hide-and-seek, played with marionettes.

You’d think we’d have learned something about being played after the Trumpstravanganza. But, like Trump, Palin sells. Sarah backslid a little after the Gabrielle Giffords overstep, then Trump eclipsed everyone with the birth certificate brouhaha. It was time to get back to the top of the marquee. We obliged.

Evidently, she is under exclusive contract as a Fox News employee to grant interviews only to Greta Van Susteren. What kind of candidate has an exclusive contract? One who is more show business than substance. Fox has said that despite Palin’s bus tour and the new two-hour cinematic hagiography that has just been released (If only Leni Riefenstahl could have lived to see it!), she maintains her status with the network.

Which means even Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, isn’t taking her candidacy seriously. Why should the rest of us?


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May 27, 2011

Chan Lowe: The Internet without real news


The above cartoon is my contribution to a nationwide project called Net Needs News Day, conceived to remind people that, without traditional media organizations to gather and sift the news, the Internet with all its vaunted resources would consist of bloggers sitting around in their pajamas commenting on each others' Facebook postings.

Fellow members of my professional organization (yes, there is one), the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, are drawing their own cartoons to be simultaneously published in newspapers this Sunday. Some cartoons will appear in their home papers, as this one will appear in the Sun Sentinel. To papers that do not have their own cartoonist, we are donating our cartoons so that they can receive wider readership.

This issue is a ticking bomb. At the moment, the specter of a newsless world is mostly the preoccupation of members of media organizations. The average Internet user, who has dropped his newspaper subscription and is accustomed to receiving his content for free, is slow to grasp that news gathering costs money, and that without all that expensively-acquired information, our democratic experiment could quite easily fail.

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May 26, 2011

Chan Lowe: Obama's Israel stumble


The ongoing Middle East conflict is so sensitive, so nuanced and so tinder-dry that any alteration in what is said, what is not said, the timbre of the saying of it, and which parts are emphasized and de-emphasized can cause a conflagration to break out.

Added to these variables are the one that has been occupying the news of late: Who says it. George W. Bush, who was considered a “Friend of Israel,” could say that peace negotiations should use as their basis the pre-1967 borders with mutually-agreed swaps. No ripples in the waters of the status-quo. But Barack Obama says it, and suddenly it’s an international incident.

A colleague who has been to Israel several times, and who has her finger on that country’s political pulse, says that our president is not a popular figure in Israel. This is putting it mildly. She says the general feeling there is that Obama “is too busy trying to suck up to the Arabs.”

Since all matters regarding our relationship with Israel must be viewed through the prism of domestic politics (both for Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu), one has to assume that every presidential utterance on the topic has been pre-parsed, analyzed and vetted for its effect on various groups of ears before it emerges from Mr. Obama’s lips.

I put it to my colleague this way: “He’s thinking, of course, about the 2012 election. He’s talking tough in order to prove to the moderates he’s not in the tank for Israel. The evangelicals will never vote for him, anyway, so no loss there. The Jewish vote will always be Democratic. They have nowhere else to go.”

“That isn’t true anymore,” my friend said. “My father, who used to be a faithful Democrat, has started listening to Fox News. He’s getting brainwashed. You wouldn’t believe the stuff he spews at me now. I think he’s going to vote Republican the next time. And there are a lot more like him.”

Maybe those too-clever-by-half West Wing advisers ought to be listening to more people like my friend.


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May 25, 2011

Chan Lowe: Oprah calls it quits


As the Roman poet Juvenal once said, “Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.”

Oprah provided the diversion, all right, but she also gave people nourishment...for their better angels. I didn’t watch her show, but from what I gather, her work had an underlying philosophy, which was to do good while doing well.

She also grasped that central principle that politicians would do well to learn: the best way to get Americans to listen to your message is to keep them entertained. And at a time when so many in the broadcasting industry are getting rich by tearing our national fabric asunder, Oprah has been a refreshing antidote⎯an enterprising individual who thrives on bringing people together and helping others.

America will miss not just her, but her example.


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May 24, 2011

Chan Lowe: A disastrous spring


Phenomena like those of the past few months serve to remind us that, no matter how much we put our collective ingenuity to work on technology, we remain powerless before the random whims of natural events.

Maybe we always will be. It’s hard to imagine a device of man that could prevent earthquakes. Some are arguing, though, that man might have prevented the floods, the tornadoes, and the record droughts that led to the wildfires⎯or at least lessened their severity⎯had he not burned fossil fuels to the point of altering the world’s climate.

There are financial interests that seek to debunk this notion, and they and their lucre have turned many of our political leaders into their vassals. It’s still a stretch to say that Joplin’s and Tuscaloosa’s woes ought to be laid at the doorsteps of big oil and coal companies, but weather records continue to fall with greater frequency, and there’s a point where the preponderance of evidence will eventually convince even those who have a vested interest in remaining skeptical.

The question is how much farther we’ll have to go, and how many more record springs we’ll have to endure, before concern for the collective welfare outweighs financial motives. Will we ever reach that point where even executives and stockholders are convinced?

We probably have a better chance of fulfilling Harold Camping’s newest prediction for the apocalypse before then. Maybe the events are one and the same.


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May 23, 2011

Chan Lowe: Obama's Middle East speech


Some would say the Israelis are being intransigent, and have always been. Of course, if you look at it from the Israeli point of view, their homeland is an area about the size of New Jersey, and all their neighbors would like to annihilate them. When they balk at making any concessions that might erode their ability to defend themselves, one can hardly blame them.

Some would say the Palestinians are being intransigent, and have always been. Of course, if you look at it from the Palestinian point of view, a bunch of foreigners arrived in their homeland carrying this sense of entitlement in their collective breast, stole their property, threw them out of their own country, and continue to squat there with no intention of ever giving it back. When they balk at making any any concessions that amount to institutionalizing and legalizing this perceived crime against their nation, one can hardly blame them.

Barack Obama is the latest American president to plunge into the fray. He must do so because every president before him has done so, at least since the establishment of the State of Israel. American presidents are expected to try to broker an accord; the rest of the world and the American electorate demand that they at least try. It’s part of the job description.

He will probably run up on the rocks, just as every previous president has. When you examine the complexity of the interests, fears and passions that swirl around this conflict, to say that seeking peace for the region is quixotic would be an understatement.

But no matter how monolithic the problem appears, we have to continue chinking away at it. To throw up our hands and walk away would be to repudiate all the hope mankind holds for the future. If we stop striving for a better world, what is the justification for living in this one?


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May 20, 2011

Chan Lowe: The silver lining to the end of the world


If you look hard enough, you can find an upside to almost anything, even the End of Days.

If Harold Camping and his disciples are right, and Rapture arrives tomorrow afternoon, then those of us sure to be left behind won’t have to put up with those irritating holier-than-thou types anymore. We can spend the three-hundred-odd days left to us reading Darwin’s Origin of Species and doing some good honest sinnin’ without the self-righteous legislating morality into our lives through their minions in the Republican Party.

We’ll be able to do what we want with whomever we want in our own bedrooms and marry anybody we want, regardless of the other person’s gender. Women will have unfettered access to abortions, if they find them necessary, without the morality police prying into their personal lives.

Schoolchildren in Kansas and other states will no longer be forced to listen to fairy tales in biology class. Sex education classes will be readily available to teenagers, which will severely cut down on unwanted pregnancies. Qurans won’t be burned or shredded.

We’ll be able to run through the entire dial on our car radios, and the complete gamut of cable channels on our TVs, without encountering a single evangelist attempting to convince us to send him money.

Since those of us remaining after the Rapture will be beyond redemption, there will be no purpose for organized religion. Man will⎯for that last blessed year⎯live in harmony with his brethren, free from the compulsion to either impose his particular brand of communicating with God upon his neighbors, or to kill them trying.

Yes, there’s definitely a silver lining to be found here. I’m actually looking forward to it. Bring it on, I say.


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May 19, 2011

Chan Lowe: Mitt Romney, in your face


The cleverest description of Mitt Romney I’ve heard is that he reminds one of the villain in a Lifetime movie. It’s a little inaccurate, though, because for him to be a villain, he’d have to be interesting. For him to be in a television movie, he would have to be a successful actor, which he could not be with a voice that sounds like the computer-generated prompts in a corporate telephone menu.

I dwell on silly issues like these because they matter to people more than they would like to admit when it comes to voting for the person who will occupy their TV screens for the next four years. It’s like voting on a temporary member of the family who will be present when you’re sitting around the dinner table, getting ready for work, or feeding the dog. This person must wear easily.

Wearing easily will be Mitt Romney’s strength. He needs this strength because conviction, consistency, and dependability are not among ones he can claim. While his party remains indifferent and even hostile to him at the moment, he knows that his very lackluster qualities are what ultimately will endear him to GOP leaders. He does not irritate moderates, as Palin, Bachmann and Gingrich do. He is ruggedly “presidential-looking,” a term we cannot define, but which we know when we see it.

He tells people what they want to hear. This is both a blessing and a curse, for in today’s instant electronic world, what plays well with the right audience can easily be replayed by his opponents to the wrong one. He’ll have to be careful to sound mushily noncommittal and speak in meaningless platitudes, which⎯come to think of it⎯are two more of his strengths.

Wisely, Romney is amassing a fearsome war chest early in hopes of scaring off his adversaries. His final strength will rest in his being the only non-offensive candidate left standing after a long, grueling primary season. Grudgingly, and in desperation, the party will anoint him its single-combat warrior.

It will be a triumphant reaffirmation of the appeal of mediocrity.


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May 18, 2011

Chan Lowe: Arnold Schwarzenegger


Ahh-nold’s sexual indiscretions, while they might look at first blush as though they are an issue of personal character, are also political. This is because once our action hero took on the greatest role of his life as The Governator, he had a tendency to veto legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in his state. This from a man who obviously has little regard for marriage in any form.

Once again, we are saddened to see a loyal wife--who in this case even defended her husband against the persistent rumors that he was running around Hollywood with his lederhosen unbuttoned--spurned and humiliated by the very man she was protecting. At least she and the rest of us were spared the standard wife-by-his-side mea-culpa press conference that has depressingly played itself out so often, particularly with family-values politicians.

Throughout this sordid mess, Maria Shriver has shown the kind of grace and strength that have both elevated her and diminished the stature of her formerly muscle-bound spouse. One has to feel for their children. At least they have one role model in their family they can emulate.


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May 17, 2011

Chan Lowe: L' Affaire Strauss-Kahn


What makes this scandal so delectable, of course, is that lies at the intersection of wealth, power and sex. Throw in a dollop of old European decadence, and we have a summer story with legs.

Here’s a gent most Americans never heard of before a couple of days ago. He’s head of the International Monetary Fund, one of the most powerful posts in the world. He’s a leading candidate for president of France. He has the very finest of call girls in the greatest city in the world at his disposal. Mon Dieu! What’s he doing, allegedly jumping a hotel maid?

That isn’t the only confusing aspect to this. For the French, it’s perplexing that we put him through a perp walk after he was apprehended. In France, they don’t treat the ruling class that way. They pay off the maid and discreetly sweep the whole affair sous le tapis. A simple misunderstanding, non? Remember, this is the country that didn’t even raise an eyebrow when both a former president’s widow and his mistress appeared side-by-side at his funeral. Along with the kids.

For us, it’s a heartwarming, satisfying reassertion of the old American principle of equal protection under the law. A power-player more used to the deluxe hostelries of Rio, Davos and Kyoto spent the night cheek-by-jowl with pimps and purse-snatchers at Riker’s Island because he tried (allegedly) to have his way with the least of us. On top of that, the judge refused to grant bail because the (alleged) weasel was apprehended at the last second in the first-class compartment of an Air France jet pushing back for Paris. Good luck prying a cheese that big out of French clutches if we’d ever let him get away to the motherland.

With the Donald out of politics and the long-form birth certificate released, M. Strauss-Kahn came along just in time to save us from summer’s ennui. Merci beaucoup, Monsieur!

POSTED IN: General Topics (188), International (86)

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May 16, 2011

Chan Lowe: Osama's porn stash


Sometimes, even for the committed jihadist, the charms of temporal life can be tough to resist. You spend almost all your waking hours in grueling training with other guys for your big day, and relaxation consists of some commissar of ideological purity reminding you for the umpteenth time about all those virgins waiting for you upstairs.

That’s all well and good, but how about a little taste now? It’s not like you can take a day off and go to a nightclub. All the women in the compound wear those head-to-toe burqas, and besides, it’s pretty hard to get past the first date. Just imagine the conversation:

“Hi, Handsome. I haven’t seen you around the hideaway before. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m an up-and-coming young suicide bomber. I’m hoping that if I show some initiative and brown-nose the right people, I’ll get noticed sooner and move to the head of the line. Hey, where are you going?”

If nothing else, the big porn score at Abbottabad tells us our enemies are human. Sort of.

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May 13, 2011

Chan Lowe: Candidate Gingrich


Unlike candidates Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich, Newt Gingrich doesn’t embark on quixotic undertakings like running for president solely out of principle. He does it because he thinks he can win.

This demonstrates how out of touch he’s become with the down-home folks who comprise his would-be base. Gingrich is a Washington creature, and as such is lionized by the beltway media and establishment GOP party leaders as a towering intellect who bubbles ideas like a champagne fountain at a Long Island wedding. On paper, he is formidable.

If you want to analyze his strategy, however⎯which is to embrace the favorite hot-button causes of the cultural right, brandish his newfound religiosity, make slanderous assertions about Barack Obama, flog fiscal austerity, and bash the entire Muslim faith whenever possible⎯then you know that his intended listeners have certain strongly-held beliefs about personal and moral responsibility. They will expect their candidate to be a paragon of probity.

Ronald Reagan was able to get away with being divorced because he was an affable guy. That goes a long way with the American electorate (see the “Who would you most like to have a beer with?” polls). Gingrich is not only twice divorced, he has openly admitted he was unfaithful to two of his wives. He asked one for a divorce while she was in the hospital, recovering from cancer. Does he honestly think women voters will ignore all this?

Combine this with his demeanor, which falls far short of Reagan’s in the “beer” category (Gingrich would probably stick you with the tab—just because he feels so passionate about his country), and it’s difficult to imagine how God-fearing souls could bring themselves to pull the lever for him, considering there will be a lot of other Republicans on the primary ballot doing the identical pander to his.

That isn’t to say we won’t be looking forward to his performance in the debates. Scorched earth, anyone?


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May 12, 2011

Chan Lowe: Loud car stereos


As I creep toward geezerhood, I become increasingly annoyed at people who selfishly encroach on my space and peace of mind, specifically the slick young exhibitionists in muscle cars who feel the desperate need to share their musical tastes with me at intersections.

Actually, that isn’t true. I’ve always felt that way. For years, one of my fantasies has been to answer them back with an even more powerful stereo system, and blow them off their tires with some Mozart or⎯even more annoying⎯klezmer. It would be so satisfying to give them a sense of how their generosity plays with others. If their goal is to impress, it doesn’t work with me…nor does it on the young women who are their putative targets, I would imagine.

Lest we accuse the Florida Appeals Court of being activist liberals on this constitutional question of free expression regarding the noise polluters, they based their decision on the fact that the state law arbitrarily excludes commercial and political noise. I guess this is what they call “equal protection under the law,” although it appears that motorists like me aren’t being very well protected under this interpretation.

My other fantasy is that James Madison, while he was sitting upstairs in the heat penning the Bill of Rights, would have been treated to one of those university football factory marching bands passing right beneath his window, blasting brass arrangements of Broadway show tunes. Then the First Amendment might have read, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech unless it is expressed at over 90 decibels.”


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Chan Lowe: Loud car stereos


As I creep toward geezerhood, I become increasingly annoyed at people who selfishly encroach on my space and peace of mind, specifically the slick young exhibitionists in muscle cars who feel the desperate need to share their musical tastes with me at intersections.

Actually, that isn’t true. I’ve always felt that way. For years, one of my fantasies has been to answer them back with an even more powerful stereo system, and blow them off their tires with some Mozart or⎯even more annoying⎯klezmer. It would be so satisfying to give them a sense of how their generosity plays with others. If their goal is to impress, it doesn’t work…nor does it on the young women who are their putative targets, I would imagine.

Lest we accuse the Florida Appeals Court of being activist liberals on this constitutional question of free expression regarding the noise polluters, they based their decision on the fact that the state law arbitrarily excludes commercial and political noise. I guess this is what they call “equal protection under the law,” although it appears that motorists like me aren’t being very well protected under this interpretation.

My other fantasy is that James Madison, while he was sitting upstairs in the heat penning the Bill of Rights, would have been treated to one of those university football factory marching bands passing right beneath his window, blasting brass arrangements of Broadway show tunes. Then the First Amendment might have read, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech under 90 decibels.”


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May 11, 2011

Chan Lowe: Obama strokes the Latino community


If I were a Latino, me estaría herviendo la sangre (my blood would be boiling) right about now.

El Presidente came down to El Paso on a campaign sweep, paying lip service to the notion of immigration reform, but he was really laying it out to the Latino community this way: “Vote Democratic, because we’ll only show you benign neglect, whereas the Republicans really have it in for you.”

The greatest continuous gift the Republican Party lavishes on the Democrats is its harsh and inhumane immigration policy, which not only offends moderate sensibilities, it’s even opposed by the very business community the GOP purportedly serves.

Why? Because businesses and moderates don’t vote in Republican primaries. Those who do vote base their attitude toward immigration on a gut reaction rather than reason (“I resent folks who aren’t like me, who come in here spoutin’ their jabber, who grab a slice of the American Dream they don’t deserve, and who take jobs that I wouldn’t work anyway”).

So the Republicans, being shackled to this loser policy, will never claim a significant portion of the Latino vote as long as the Dems don’t screw it up.

But Dems being Dems, they can mess up anything. They’re on the verge of it now by not trying hard enough to come through on the promises they made to Latinos (the ones they always make at election time) that they would help grease the way for them and their loved ones to be assimilated into American society. Obama has some political juice, but he’s not about to blow what he has on them. He’s got bigger fish to fry with debt ceilings and other matters. The problem is, he’s always got bigger fish to fry.

So the reason for burning all that aviation fuel to get Air Force One to El Paso was, basically, to throw empty candy wrappers at the crowd in hopes of enticing them out of their casas on election day. It may not be enough this time.


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May 10, 2011

Chan Lowe: Trump takes a tumble


Somewhere in a secret aerie high above the mean streets, Republican money men are relaxing in their high-backed wing chairs and drawing more easily on their Havanas now that The Donald has been cut down to size.

Ever since the appearance of the long form birth certificate a mere fortnight ago, the sands beneath the golden-domed dilettante’s feet have been melting away. Then came the humiliation in front of the nation’s media at the very hands of his nemesis, the pretender to the throne.

Finally, there was the bin Laden tour de force, which permanently discredited any assertion that the occupant of the White House was incompetent.

What’s a self-respecting egomaniac to do when his numbers suddenly plummet from first to fifth place in the polls? Bow out, of course, and make it look like it was his idea from the beginning. God forbid that he should appear to have been driven out. We’re waiting.

Meanwhile, the abovementioned plutocrats can rid the party they control of its clown-like image and get back to the serious business of afflicting the already-afflicted and comforting the already-comfortable.

Once again, all will be right with the world.


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May 9, 2011

Chan Lowe: Developers gone wild


“Concurrency.” It’s one of those awful bureaucratese words that cause the average citizen to instantly flip to Dancing With The Stars.

Which, of course, is what the pols are counting on. Loosely translated, it means that when developers create whole new communities out of swampland, they are required to build roads, schools, sewers and other infrastructure to service these communities as they go, by adding surcharges to individual units.

Well, they were required. Thanks to our Republican super-majority business-friendly legislature that just adjourned last week, we the taxpayers will now have to pick up the tab for those frills. The legislators also stripped the state of growth planning oversight, putting it back in the hands of local government, which is much easier for developers to control through judicious use of campaign contributions.

It’s not that developers are bad guys. They’re just trying to make a living like everybody else. If the government no longer requires them to take financial responsibility for the effects of their landscraping efforts, why should they do so? Why shouldn’t they do all they can to build out into the Everglades, if government will let them? Wouldn’t you do the same?

Since the government is theoretically us, and we elected it, then clearly we don’t mind paying the freight for somebody else’s new street, sewer and school. We won’t mind having to truck in our drinking water in ten years or so. If we did mind, we’d vote these clowns out, wouldn’t we?

Enough of that. Getting back to DWTS, do you think Kirstie Alley is going to fall on her partner again this week?


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May 4, 2011

Chan Lowe: Birthers, Deathers and Truthers


A friend of mine claims that she receives PBS signals in her head. She knows this for a fact because one day, she was out gardening and suddenly “Masterpiece Theatre” started coming in. Just to prove she was right about possessing this unique ability, she went inside, turned on the TV, and sure enough the transition was seamless. I asked her why, then, she wasted so much money on cable, and she said, “Unfortunately, I don’t receive video.”

Back in the old days, and by that I mean fifteen years ago, you could walk down the street and when you saw somebody talking to himself, you merely crossed to the other side. Now, you don’t know whether it’s a crazy person or somebody on a Bluetooth device. Technology has made things so complicated.

Mobile devices and the Internet have brought us all together into one big, connected community. The problem with that is that our information stream has become so complex, with so many rapids, currents, tributaries, whirlpools, cataracts, stagnant ponds and backwaters that safe harbors exist for just about every mindset, no matter how off-the-wall. Yesterday’s crackpot is now the valued member of an active chat room of like-minded souls who reinforce and validate each other, without the leavening benefit of exposure to a broad spectrum of information. By defining the limits of their information sphere, they literally never have to hear or read a word with which they disagree. Anyone can see how this becomes a vicious cycle.

Recently, my PBS friend indicated that she would just as soon not receive her signals, and she also craves relief from the electromagnetic waves emanating from her cable box and other electronic devices. I suggested she make a protective helmet out of tinfoil and wear it around the house.

I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out.


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May 3, 2011

Chan Lowe: With the Pakistanis as friends...


It rightly angers Americans to know that roughly $3 billion of the money we borrow every year from the Chinese flows down the Pakistani rathole to buy questionable loyalty as we try to prosecute an endless, increasingly pointless war.

When you see such brazenly duplicitous behavior out of people who are supposed to be our allies, you are tempted to just walk away and let them rot in the political cesspool of their own making. Unfortunately, that would be worse than what we’re doing now.

Don’t forget that these two-faced military types are all that stand between Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and some guy with a backpack and a detonator. Yes, they smile with one side of their mouths and make pro-forma gestures toward helping us root out terrorists. With the other side, they curse us for being in the vicinity. They aid our enemies as they reach for our wallets.

They’re slimy, undependable, greedy and venal. In other words, “realists,” by their lights. Invading powers⎯like Alexander the Great, the British, the Soviets, and now the Americans⎯come and go, and the goal is to survive their incursions and maybe score a little profit off them during high tide. Some things never change.

It’s good old-fashioned protection money, pure and simple. Those unfortunate enough to get themselves involved in the region have been paying it for millennia. This time, though, the locals have nukes instead of those rusty old Enfields the British Army left behind. We’ll just have to suck it up.


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May 2, 2011

Chan Lowe: Osama's big surprise


“Justice was done.”

I wonder. Sure, it’s fine for us to indulge in a patriotic frenzy, a kind of national end-zone dance over the death of America’s No.1 villain, but along with the jubilation, a couple of sober thoughts: There is a fine line between revenge and justice. To me, true justice would have been for bin Laden to recognize the error of his ways before he was executed, and to realize that in return for his acts, he would be deprived of something valuable to him. Not only that, but that he would have been made to understand that his life’s work had been worthless.

After all, he deprived many thousands of their most valuable possession⎯their lives⎯as well as many thousands more of their loved ones. He wounded a nation. The problem with bin Laden and his kind, however, is that their lives are valueless to them. In fact, rather than depriving him of something, we provided the key that unlocked (for him) the gates of eternal paradise, since he believed he was doing God’s work. All we did was close the circle of fanaticism. He knew he was going to die eventually, and to him he died a noble warrior.

Of course, getting rid of him was something we as a nation had to do. We are blessed to have the kind of dedicated, courageous and skilled servicemen capable of carrying out such a harrowing mission, and they deserve our gratitude. I’m sure those who lost loved ones feel to some small extent vindicated.

I hope, though, that wherever Osama bin Laden is now, he is finally facing the justice he so richly deserves.


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Chan Lowe: The death of Bin Laden

A big day. More later.


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About the author
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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