Drawing the War Closer

This country has a long and distinguished history of cartoonists staring the horrors of war in the face and recording them - warts and all. Their cartoons are not merely entertaining fluff to be enjoyed with a croissant and coffee on a quiet Sunday morning. They are something more - powerful chronicles of good people caught in awful situations, missives that make you think and act and sometimes make you feel angry or ashamed. Sometimes those two-dimensional characters laugh and sometimes they cry, but in the hands of a talented cartoonist, they speak to us in a language like no other.

Gary Trudeau is a truly great cartoonist. He's able to transmute the horror of war into an extraordinary, yet essentially human (and sometimes humorous) act. His cartoons are by turns funny, horrible, sad, poignant, or outrageous. He has the ability to get under the skin of the rich and powerful in ways that journalists can't. He wears his heart and opinions on his sleeve, where they do a public service each time he manages to anger the elite.

You can love or hate his cartoons, but you can't ignore them. His humanity and gift for giving our soldiers - our good people caught in awful situations - life is an essential part of our national political debate and debate about the human condition.

He is a national treasure.

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Truth Told by Omnipotent Poobah, Sunday, October 22, 2006

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