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Netanyahu show quite the cartoon

Watching Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver his UN speech Sept. 27 brought back memories of watching U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell's similar UN speech of Feb. 3, 2003.

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This occurred when Netanyahu reached down under the podium and pulled up a cartoon drawing of the A Bomb he claims Iran is building to justify his call for war against Iran. Nearly 10 years earlier Powell unveiled his cartoon drawings of imagined Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction being hidden from WMD inspectors on trucks trailers and rail cars, to justify his criminal war against Iraq. Netanyahu one-upped Powell's visual presentation by whipping out a marker to draw the metaphorical red line across the top of the bomb to signify the point of no return toward his imagined Iranian nuclear strike.

Netanyahu's performance brought to mind another cartoon character, Wile E. Coyote, who frequently showed his TV audience a drawing of the mighty bomb with which he was preparing to blow up his BÍte Noire, the Roadrunner. Among those three cartoon characters, I'll stick to watching Wile E. Coyote. He's a lot funnier ... and a lot less dangerous.

Walt Zlotow

Glen Ellyn

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