Over my 33 year career I have drawn many nasty oppressive rulers.
Rarely, however, have I had the dubious distinction of drawing two generations of sadistic murderers in one picture. For this week’s edition of The Economist I chose to cover the sad events unfolding in Syria. I have drawn the nation’s past ruler, Hafez Assad many times over the years. He was the demon responsible for the quashing of a citizen revolt in 1982 where he killed an estimated 10-30,000 of his own countrymen. Unfortunately, it appears, his sons plan to follow in in boot-steps.
In the first of a Channel 4 News series charting Syria’s descent in the face of civil war, German filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen’s spends several weeks in Aleppo witnessing a civilian population isolated and under siege. (Caution: contains highly distressing scenes of war including images of children who have been wounded and killed)
Unbelievably painful to watch. Whatever I think while watching such things, the urge for justice overcomes me completely…
ربّنا معكم يا سوريين …
'Cause the world hasn't given a damn for 2 years, and after over 90 thousand people killed.
Syrian children receive treatment after their house was attacked by Bashar al-Assad’s helicopters in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, on August 24, 2012. Their grandfather, below, weeps. (Getty Images)