I should be doing more lately on the Libyan revolution, but it’s a difficult subject to comment on, especially in light of the US’s current occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
I do feel we have a legitimate humanitarian mission in Libya, but it’s hard to trust our government to treat it as anything other than yet another opportunity to put down an anti-US tinpot and distribute his country’s resources to extra-national corporations, instead of the people who live there.
While I was playing with a few ideas involving the US stretching its military too thin by adding another front to its war in the Middle East, a friend of mine pointed out that this isn’t really an accurate characterization until we send ground forces to Libya.
I nearly drew a cartoon that showed Uncle Sam as a knight unable to properly rescue a damsel in distress as she falls from a tower because he’s already carrying two others, but I’ve had problems drawing people falling from a great height before, and the gag implied more virtue than I felt Sam deserved, so I tried to come up with something that would cast him as both a rescuer, and a potential aggressor, and ended up spinning the above image off from the concept of damsels in distress.
I wish I’d drawn the woman representing Libya fighting back a bit, perhaps wielding a club of her own. She’s too passive, as it is here. It really would’ve been the final piece of the narrative, which is noticeably missing from the finished illustration.