March 23, 2012 No.

Cartoons on Syria Crisis and President Assad (2)

Since the outbreak of the protests in Syria, the Arab press has published numerous cartoons reflecting the brutality of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the impasse in which Syria finds itself, with escalating criticism against the Syrian regime and its murderous policy. The cartoons also criticize the Arab League observers for their ineffectiveness as well as for accepting the account of events presented to them by the regime; however, some cartoons present the positive effects of the Arab League's pressure on Assad. Still other cartoons condemn Iran and its support of the Syrian regime.

The following is a second sampling of cartoons on the Syrian crisis.[1]

Assad's Brutality and Lies

"Assad's New Year celebrations"

Al-Raya (Qatar), January 2, 2012

"I never ordered the killing of civilians!"

Al-Dustour (Jordan), December 8, 2011

"Anyone who kills his own people is a madman!"[2]

Al-Jarida (Kuwait), December 10, 2011

"[I swear] by the lying and conniving Zionist media, it's not me!!"

Al-Ghad (Jordan), December 9, 2011

"The Libyan scenario will not recur!!"

Al-Dustour (Jordan), November 18, 2011

Growing Arab and International Pressure on Assad

Assad squeezed between Arab League and United Nations

Al-Watan (Qatar), December 20, 2011

Arab League hits Assad on the head

Al-Watan (Qatar), November 13, 2011

Arab League throws Syrian regime off its back

Al-Madina (Saudi Arabia), November 16, 2011

Assad running out of time

Al-Arab (Qatar), December 8, 2011

Ineffectiveness of Arab League Observers

Instead of seeing reality, observers watch "movies by the regime"

Al-Imarat Al-Yawm (UAE), December 25, 2011

Blind Arab observer in Syria

Al-Arab (Qatar), December 27, 2011

Arab observers: "All the claims about Syria are lies. We saw nothing."

Al-Akhbar (Algeria), December 27, 2011

"Delegation of Arab observers" makes its way towards Syria

Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), December 29, 2011

Syrian regime continues shooting over back of Arab observers

Al-Quds (Jerusalem), January 10, 2012

"Killing continues in presence of observers!"

Al-Madina (Saudi Arabia), January 10, 2012

Arab League throws the Syrian people a wooden sword to fight the regime

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), January 10, 2012

Iran-Syria Relations

Iran throws Assad a lifeline

Al-Jazirah (Saudi Arabia), November 8, 2011

Iranian devil desperately tries to keep Assad in place

Al-Jazirah (Saudi Arabia), January 6, 2012

Iran driving Syria into a pit

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), November 24, 2012



[1] For the first sampling, see: MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4047, "Syrian Uprising and President Assad Depicted in Cartoons," August 4, 2011, Syrian Uprising and President Assad Depicted in Cartoons.

[2] In a recent interview with Barbara Walters on ABC, Assad said: "Only a regime led by a madman would order to kill its own people.", December 7, 2011.