Anna Ostow: Cartoon fed Cold War fearmongering

Published: 2/1/2022 2:00:04 PM
Modified: 2/1/2022 1:58:35 PM

The syndicated cartoon published in the Jan. 20 edition of the Gazette is plain ol’ Cold War fearmongering that oversimplifies the recent aggressive comments made by the U.S. regarding Russia, and reinforces the image of the U.S. as the “cops of the world.”

In the cartoon, Biden says, “It will take diplomacy to keep the peace!” and Putin responds, “Exactly, I’ll take this piece, and this piece, and ...,” implying that the U.S. has the market cornered on diplomatic relations and that it’s Russia who needs to be reigned in. The U.S., with our tax dollars funding imperialist interventions to destabilize regions worldwide, with more military bases worldwide than any other nation, is in no place to point fingers when it comes to imperialism.

Fears of Russia and China are being drummed up by the Biden administration, and if this rhetoric is not named and not interrupted, it could become the pretext for escalated economic or even military conflict. We know how old the U.S. playbook is for building cases for needless interventions so as to keep us in a state of endless war. Printing a comic like this might appear to be innocuous, but prescriptive Cold War narratives such as this one need to be challenged wherever we see them if we are to see international power relations clearly.

Anna Ostow

Northampton


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