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Guardian cartoon serves up ultimate insult to Britain’s War dead


A guest post by Tom Wilson.

In honour of the admirable way in which the small Wiltshire market town of Wooton-Basset has received Britain’s war dead her Majesty the Queen is to bestow Royal status on this much deserving community.

Since 2007 the people of this town have with great dignity and respect been lining their high street to observe the repatriation of Britain’s fallen.  Young men and women who lost their lives defending the security of not only this country but also many other European countries who have made no such similar contribution or sacrifice in the West’s struggle with global terrorism.  And, of course, members of Britain’s armed forces also gave up their lives defending the safety, freedom and democracy of the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan, formerly under the oppression of Saddam Hussein, formerly under the assault of the Taliban.

But what was the Guardian’s response to this?

No article of congratulation, of that at least perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.  But instead the Guardian’s website simply featured Steven Bell’s despicable cartoon, mockingly titled ‘The war on language’, the town’s name pathetically changed to ‘Wooton-deathfest’, a cheap jibe to imply the people of this town have enjoyed and relished the sight of seeing men and women in their early twenties paraded through the town’s centre in wooden boxes.  And in the background of all of this is a ridiculous billboard depicting Cameron with a Condom pulled over his head, now seemingly a signature mark of Bell’s childish doodlings.

Further, take a few moments to read over the comments on the website where Guardian readers, quite characteristically, have offered up their wholehearted praise for Bell’s shameless drawing.

Few would be naive enough to imagine that there’s any respect left for this country down at the offices of the Guardian, but one might have at least hoped that respect for the dead and regard for human dignity might have carried some weight with these people, but apparently not.

(Tom Wilson is studying for a PhD in Israeli politics at London’s UCL.  As well as being Co-Chair of the UCL Jewish Society, Tom is also a researcher for Beyond Images and is the London representative for the conflict resolution and democracy promotion group StandforPeace.)

12 replies »

  1. Thank you, Tom, for writing this and thank you, Adam, for publicising it.

    It is a very graceful thank you to Wootton Bassett and very well deserved for its collective humanity.

    Last week when the body of a Scottish dog-handler was repatriated along with the ashes of his dog these kindly people brought their dogs to pay respects in their canine way and they barked well. The soldier was shot and his dog probably died of shock. They had saved very many lives.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if one day these toxic haters in The Guardian acquired a soul or at least some genuine human feeling.

  2. If I cared about him as a person, I would be very concerned about Steve Bell’s mental state. If his cartoons are looked at as projections of his inner mental state and attitudes we see a developmentally-arrested adult (probably at anti-parental rebellion stage, (which would draw him to the Guardian and they to him) without appropriate self-control, which, again, would make him popular with the developmentally-arrested knuckle-dragging Guardianistas.

    He uses his “cartoons” are a licence to shock. Perhaps if he couldn’t draw he’d be streaking down a High Street somewhere or flashing at old ladies in a park. At least that’d put him behind bars…..

  3. “The War on Language” eh? Published in a third rate rag which regularly debases the meaning of communication. Original.

  4. Steve Bell on another Hatefest.

    I completely understand criticism of the war in Iraq.

    But it takes a particular kind of cruel misanthropic bastard to despise the ordinary people who died in the war.

    As for the reference to Fallujah, the soldiers coming back in coffins are coming back from Afghanistan. You know Bellboy .. the legal UNO-backed war. But how can you expect such subtleties of distinction from the leftoid hatefesters?

  5. The vast majority of people in this country respect the young men who sacrificed their lives, and empathise with the families they left behind.

    Only the Guardian and their Islamofascists friends are sick enough to insult them.

  6. Bit different to to old Scott’s day innit? His assistant editor, and son-in-law, C P Montague was opposed to war with Germany and argued against it in the paper. But when it was declared he joined up, in the ranks. The notable difference between him and many recruits being that he was in his late forties with a wife and seven children. He even died his hair to get in. Do we know how old this Bell chappie is?

  7. Hmm…as odd as the Grauniad’s cartoon was, also felt a wee bit hurt at the one by the Daily Express.
    Looks like both sides of the media fence didn’t do themselves any favours.

  8. defenders of this cartoon on the sky thread allege the critics are guilty of an attack on freedom of speech.

    I am free to declare: “I give succour to our enemies and support the enemies of our friends and allies. i have to rely on better folk than me to protect my liberties. i am a coward. but it’s not my fault, and i’m entitled to try and conceal the fact by arguing that the courageous are with the bad guys and in any case i have never asked them to save my sorry skin. The Guardian is by and for people like me”.

    But if i do so i shouldn’t be surprised by people voicing their disgust.

  9. This Cif comment below from somebody called Deep Cleavage was deleted by the Cif moderator but it shows the sort of Guardian reader who Steve Bell appeals to…Another poster, henrypage, managed to quote the deleted message (and as I write it’s still there).

    henrypage
    18 March 2011 10:32PM

    DeepCleavage
    18 March 2011 7:52PM
    Some nobhead said “I dare you to mock the prophet or Allah”–sure, when he invades Soverign States with a baloney pretext and squanders his troops for no discernible reason, to secretly mollify hook-nosed lobby groups. So, while Allah minds his own business, no doubt Mr Bell will continue to leave him alone.