Thursday, December 20, 2007

Peace on Earth (1977)

1977 Dry Bones cartoon - Peace on Earth to men of Goodwill.
1977. December. Thirty years ago. It seemed as if peace was coming to Earth. at least on our little part of it. Egyptian President Sadat had offered us Peace. And Israeli Prime Minister Begin was willing to reward the offer with every inch of territory which had fallen into Israeli hands after the Yom Kippur surprise attack by the Egyptian army.

I drew Begin as Santa and Sadat as an isolated "man of goodwill".

Although the generally accepted Christmas quote is "Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men" , there are those that say that a better translation is "Peace on Earth towards men of goodwill". The sad fact is that we don't have many "men of goodwill" leading the countries that surround us. Sadat turned out to be one.

They killed him.

To see a video of the assassination as we and the world saw it four years after this cartoon was done, in October of 1981 click here.

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