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By Tom Toles

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Unsettling

I did a cartoon recently about the Israeli settlements, and it generated the usual bunch of intemperate responses, on both sides. It seems as though it is never the right time to bring this subject up. It is hardly the the most egregious part of the Mideast conflict, but in terms of emotional impact, settlements on disputed land have to rank right up there.

The policy of settlements has seemed to me from the beginning to be a process that could lead to no good outcome for anyone. But there have been a long list of reasons why we should defer talking about the inevitable implications. Some of them have been:

-It's too soon to complain; there are hardly any settlements to speak of.

-Don't assume they are permanent.

-These are now people's homes; they are permanent.

-It's too late to complain, they are facts on the ground.

Yet still the question remains, and I still don't think I have heard the answer. In what way does this policy, which at varying speeds is still ongoing, lead to a good outcome? --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | March 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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If you want to draw a cartoon, I suggest you make one covering the poisoning of the people with the FDA approved and Senate finance of High Fructose Corn Syrup to make people obese and diabetic. That along with the Sodium Lauryl sulfate toxins put in foods and toothpaste. Now the FDA decision that Crestor, the drug, expanded usage by all. The FDA, like our Senators have been bought and sold their souls for 30 pieces of Silver.

Posted by: ChefRobert | April 6, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

@ ColleenHarper

This is where you people lose all credibility. Are you kidding me with these comments?

you said: I haven't seen any liberals in the last year showing these levels of violence and defiance. & when I see reports of bricks thrown through the windows of... Democratic party offices, I can ONLY conclude that the violence is the actions of... conservatives

NEWSFLASH!!! Norman Leboon shot at a Republican and was apprehended today by the FBI! No one from the tea party has been charged with anything, not even jaywalking!

Bricks through Democrat campaign offices, look up Maurice “Ariel Attack” Schwenkler has been charged with criminal mischief. Remember the trans-gender anarchist from a couple months ago??? Of course you don't, it doesn't fit the agenda of any of the news organizations you watch, all 6 of them.

No credibility.

Posted by: Fiddystorms | March 31, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh DannyP1, what a wonderful Socialist picture you paint. I envy your tolerance for diversity of thought.

Hey Tommy, can you draw the following?

On 8/6/09 5:11 PM EST as reported by Politico, headline: White House to Democrats:

'Punch back twice as hard'

Hours later, Kenneth Gladney, a black man, was beaten by 3 Democrats. SEIU members incited by the Obama administration.

Why? Because he was black and Democrats have a very long history of racism.

Why did the media ignore it (they did, google it)? Because he is part of the tea party and that doesn't fit their agenda.

I was thinking of a the president pounding the podium with a little bubble: "punch back twice as hard"... then depicting a three legged race to the hospital, Mr. Gladney and another man wearing an SEIU shirt with one foot up Gladney's butt.

Posted by: Fiddystorms | March 31, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

There is no violence in the Tea Party. I and other mothers attend with our children. Shame on you.

Posted by: EowynR | March 30, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Tom Toles' cartoons are witty and penetrating. They provide a critical view of this modern society that has turned hypocritical and devoid of principle.

The constant Israeli attacks on the Palestinians are doing great harm not only to the targets but also to the perpetrators. One clear example of that is the growing number of elite Israeli military that refuse assignments in the occupied territories because they do not see such actions as defending Israel; they see the attacks on Palestinians as tearing the moral fabric of the Israeli society. They are the so called Refusenicks, a growing headache for the Israeli government.

The US does not have any obligation, moral or otherwise, of endorsing the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine. For the good of Israel the US government ought to take a strong stance and declare ALL ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS as ILLEGAL.

Having had their ancestors as victims of the Holocaust does not give Israelis any justification for the horrible occupation they have established.

Posted by: cgarcia1 | March 30, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"I did a cartoon recently about the Israeli settlements, and it generated the usual bunch of intemperate responses, on both sides."

Hey Tommy Toles, I resemble that remark !! And besides, you and your readers will never catch me being "intemperate." Anyway, I envision the Gaza Strip as absolutely nothing like the Vegas Strip, by the way, with its casinos and fancy hotels (although admittedly, I've not visited either "strip.") Gaza's probably more like a huge county fair with no concessions, no rides, and no fun: just throngs of people wandering hither-and-yon, wondering when the next missle will come hurling over that wall "th_y" built; or wondering which of their neighbors' kids are going to strap on a bunch of bombs and go out on some wacky, lethal J_w hunt. Oh,and here's another thing about the Palestinians that I don't get, and never have: how come they're not citizens of Isra_l...?? Why can't they buy nice new houses in the settlement areas? If it's for the reasons that I'm thinking it might be, well then, it looks like we're spending $3 billion per year on a neatly retro-fitted version of The Third R_ich. Which, by the way, as I re-read my own thoughts, is a remark that I happen to resent.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | March 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

WTF why is any nut job associated with the TEA Party without any proof right now? What do people fear about a third party?

Look at the pentagon shooter; TEA Party was yelled out right away and it turns out he was a pro pot 9/11 Truther who hated the Bush administration; he was far from a TEA Party member.

Even if these militia nuts were what we call right wing how are they TEA Party members?

Is every anarchist who vandalizes a G20 summit or World Bank meeting an Obama supporter and should we villainize the left wing as violent anarchists?

Posted by: flonzy3 | March 30, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Why do we attack the personalities and ignore the messages? Seems very tribal to me. Primitive even.

Posted by: brent6 | March 30, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse


I believe this is the Legacy of the Bush administration. Though they used violence to start a pointless war in Iraq, they used words, ideas, and fiery rhetoric to influence and change policy here in the states.

Until we hold accountable and/or justice is served to these people (Bush/Cheney/Rove/Gonzalez/Woo/Bolton/Rice/Coulter/O'Reiley, etc, how can we expect our culture to change.

I put the news people in there also because if it weren't for their radical ideas infecting the minds of the less educated, a majority of the policies which were enacted, would not have been passed.

This comment I am making doesn't relate to Tom Toles question, it's more in response to the way we as American's are degrading as a society.

Posted by: DannyP1 | March 30, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Happy Liberals? How about all those happy liberals up in Canada who threatened violence against Ann Coulter if she exercised her free speech, the college professor who has been arrested for shooting three people for not getting the promotion, the guy who flew his plane into the IRS building and the man just actually arrested for threatening Rep Eric Cantor.

Posted by: Champions | March 30, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Just as one has a "tea cozy" to keep th tea warm, there should also be a blast container for the bomb. The trick is to see the problems and be ready for them.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | March 30, 2010 5:03 AM | Report abuse

Colleen, do you mean happy liberals like Norman Leboon? Now there's a stable, well adjusted Obama supporter. And how about the guy who got so "happy" he bit the finger off a Tea Party protester last fall. There's the "happy" SEIU thugs who beat up a black conservative at a rally, and the "happy" Columbia and UNC students shutting down anti illegal alien speeches. By the way, why are those Tea Partiers so angry anyway? They should really be happy to hear we're going into hock another $trillion to hire 150,000 bureaucrats and 16,500 IRS agents to tell them what health care they can have and not have at a price set by a bureaucrat. How ungrateful!

Posted by: Patriotdoc | March 30, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Americans love violence. Business is like football. Destroy everybody in your way to get to the goal and give people with no common sense billions of dollars to play and watch each other in endless human folly. Stick the public with the tab on fraud stadium deals and take homes away creating a homeless problem. Mort meaning death and gage meaning pledge. Sign your own death warrant too.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 30, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Champions wrote:
Tom, there is as much evidence to back up your claim of violence associated with the Tea Partiers as there is to back up the science of manmade global warming. There is zero evidence supporting either the only thing you have is liberal innuendo and make believe reporting.
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I have seen plenty of very visible anger from the Tea Party members, and I've seen their ilk carrying firearms at events where politicians, including the President, have spoken at. I haven't seen any liberals in the last year showing these levels of violence and defiance. Therefore, when I see reports of bricks thrown through the windows of Congressmen's offices and Democratic party offices, I can ONLY conclude that the violence is the actions of these unstable conservatives. I can NOT draw the conclusion that it is happy liberals who have done these things.

Posted by: ColleenHarper | March 29, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Tom, there is as much evidence to back up your claim of violence associated with the Tea Partiers as there is to back up the science of manmade global warming. There is zero evidence supporting either the only thing you have is liberal innuendo and make believe reporting.

Posted by: Champions | March 29, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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