- President Obama is depicted as an Egyptian Pharaoh sporting the American flag stars and stripes and an eagle on his headgear. He grins at a cracking disk that he holds in his right hand and which represents 'Pro-democracy up-risings in the Middle East while with his left hand he appears to be pushing an Israeli alarm button. Context - Obama initially supported the call for Egyptian President Mubarak to step down thus appearing to support the pro-democracy uprising but at the same time he may be supporting the Egyptian regime that will try to bludgeon or divert the popular movement for change into a phoney transition. But the western powers have long regarded democratisation of the Arab world as a threat to their control of the region and its resources. A stable Egypt with a peace treaty with Israel means a quiet border," one Israeli official told The Associated Press. "If there is a regime change Israel will have to reassess its strategy to protect its border from one of the most modern militaries in the region." (Seumas Milne (Guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 2 February 2011) Both colour and black and white versions of this cartoon are available Quantity: 1 digital cartoon(s).
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