Healthy dilemma to have. Shows genuine concern for Iran.
Amoojaan: thanks for liking Ayatollah Burlap. He's one of my favorites.
Highly imaginative solution to the notepad puzzle. You have added a plot complete with motivations and twists to the cartoon. Your radioactive sensor notepad story i has been nominated for most complicated self consistent narrative.
I never have seen it drawn like that Burlap bag. But it works
I ask myself: Are those who beat the drum of war to free iran from IRI, really, are concerned with saving Iran from Mollahs?
Myself replies: Of corse, look at the atrocities this regime has done over last decade by killing freedom fighters in streets and prisons.
Then I reply: But a war will probably kill more than a million people (mostly civilians who do not choose their death like those who go to streets to protest and know therisk) followed by anarchy and who knows when that lovable democracy will ever show up!?!
Myself sighs: Well when we get there we see what happens!
Then I shout: But isn't this what we did in 1978-79? It looks like our actions are usually preceding our wisdom!!!!!!!!!
As Japanese proverb says:
Vision with no action is a dream
Action without vision is a Nightmare!
Peace for all
... the inspector, between frame 2 and 3, takes so much notes that his notepad looks black, in frame 3 and 4. But then I thought, this is an unreasonable way of thinking. So then I thought, he must have been carrying a laptop, the kind that has a clear color bottom, so we shown the bottom of his laptop in frame 1 and 2. Then, going from frame 2 to 3, he must have used his laptop and then turned it over to its front side, the black side.
Then I thought, maybe not. So then I thought, maybe, he had put a special chemical on his notepad, the kind that upon reacting to a small amount of atomic bomb grade radioactive material would turn black, so when they opened that locked door, which as a distraction they were hanging a man behind the door, the radiation from where they were hiding the atomic grade radioactive material leaked out, and so then the notepad turned black. But then, so he can get his ass out of there in one piece, he say, congratulations, you passed the inspection, but he is faking it, of course.
That was a hidden puzzle. The simplest solution is that between frames 2 an 3 the inspector flips the notepad, which is black on the other side. Feel free to add your own puzzle solutions. There are no "wrong" answers.
... although I can't figure out why the inspector's notepad turns black upon seeing the condemned man :O)
With the indifference of the mainstream West to the Iranian human rights problem, is it a good idea to add the human rights issue to the negotiations agenda? Or will this well-intentioned strategy inadvertently lead to a trade where human rights pressure is reduced (more stable regime) in return for the IRI making nuclear concessions?
Perhaps unavoidably, in the next big Iranian uprising the regime may try to buy the West's silence by giving up some of the nuclear capital it has gained so far through stubborn bargaining.
Thanks, Ari, for this clever cartoon.
Very telling cartoon.
West to IR:" As long as you tow the line, and come along, you could kill, mame, rape,..and do whatever you like with your people."
Thank you Mr. Aristotle.
"Almost" because there's a mixed message here, suggesting nuclear inspectors would be in a position to act on human rights abuses they uncovered.
'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory
Everything is sacred
Very well drawn
Great work Ari. Thank you for sharing. In this crisis, human life is far less important than uranium.