Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Mark

    Mark said, over 3 years ago

    This is over your head, isn’t it?

  2. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 3 years ago

    Turn about is fair play.

  3. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    OK Ted. We get it. You’re against drone strikes. I don’t like them either, but we didn’t choose the jihad. Or would you rather we lose more American lives on suicide missions in unfriendly countries? Especially ones whose military undermines our objectives while paying lip service to “helping” us eradicate the terrorists, who they support! As to rightisright, if they couldn’t operate those things, why are we effing worrying about them? Or about suitcase nukes, dirty bombs, etc. Let’’s just abolish the TSA to start, and save billions of our tax dollars!

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    @ rightisright – you obviously haven’t met enough Pakistanis
    ^
    Years ago, I knew a man who flew A10 Warthog’s against Hussien after the invasion of Kuwait. His CO made the unit visit the highway between Kuwait and Baghdad where US aircraft strafed hundreds of trucks hauling loot home as they withdrew in preparation to end that war. The pictures were graphic.
    After that, he was part of the program that resulted in the drones we have today. He had flown in Bosnia, Croatia, Kuwait, Iraq, and had a comment I thought shocking at the time. He felt using drones was akin to using suicide bomber, an act of terrorism that failed to properly target legitimate military targets and was just as likely to harm innocent civilians. My daughter was in the second Iraq war and I thought it better for a drone to attack our enemies than for our sons and daughters to be sent into harm’s way.
    I am conflicted. I don’t want our neighbors to die for our country, I want the bad guys to die for theirs. However, I do not want the next Malala to be killed in a drone strike just because her house was too close to where a terrorist was hiding. I don’t want a young man inspired to join Al Qaeda to avenge the death of his family.
    DC comics use to have a large line of military themed comments… the ghost tank, sgt rock, more…
    In the late 1960s, they began ending each story with these words…
    “Make War No More’.
    Not practical with humans too conflicted to even be nice to each other, but…
    Hopelessly, Helplessly, but still..
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    Remember, it’s okay when WE do it, because WE are the GOOD GUYS. Therefore, everyone we kill is a bad guy, because the good guys only kill bad guys!

  6. babka

    babka GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    keep on, Ted. way to go.

  7. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    Once a drone, launched from an Islamic or gun-rights militia extremist compound, manages to attack the Pentagon, the White House, or Congress; we’ll suddenly want to ban them as war crimes. It’s like land mines or poison gas. Once everyone has them, it’s going to be trouble for us as well.

  8. Bill

    Bill said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    So we want the “bad guys” to die for their countries? Shouldn’t we remember that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter? It all depends on one’s viewpoint, doesn’t it?

  9. JTG01

    JTG01 said, over 3 years ago

    “I tremble fory my country when I reflect that God is just”

    - Thomas Jefferson

  10. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @edinbaltimore Abolishing the TSA might be a really good idea. After all it’s not like they really do anything other than just annoy everyone. Actually, not only did we choose the jihad we provoked it and now we are continuing to create new recruits with our policies. What we really should do is stay out of these countries and leave them alone. It’s always a good policy to mind your own business until you have solved all of your own problems. Last time I looked around, the notice states wasn’t in any position to tell anyone else about anything – our economy sucks, we have no civil liberties, our educational system sucks our health care system sucks, we can’t even hold fair elections.

  11. bikerusl

    bikerusl said, over 3 years ago

    Good for you Ted this work of showing the perspective of your enemy is honourable work but the majority will be scornful and derisive. I don’t know why it doesn’t rationally occur to them that this is something one is obligated to consider if one is to fight a war.

    In 2001 I made an art print for a school project of my face transposed with Osama Bin Laden called “Our enemies, Ourselves.” I was amazed how few people “got it.” I would get feedback like: “Do you want people to beat you up?” I still get stupid feedback, to this day, on that self-portrait.

    Keep up the good work.

    Did you ever read the March to Death comic by John Olday. Pretty amazing stuff. 1943. Pretty great bio I just came across: http://www.takver.com/history/meetings/olday.htm

  12. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    @ Bill – Absolutely. My comment dealt only with my conflicted feelings regarding the use of drones in warfare. I perhaps should have mentioned that, despite my regret of what our absence will mean to women and religious minorities in Afghanistan, I want my neighbors to come home.
    @ Night Gaunt – my comment to Bill is partly to you, but my earlier nod to the young man who takes arms against the US after drones have killed innocent family members is my reply to you. I’m sure it gives such young people, like our young people who joined the military after the Two Towers fell, a sense of righteousness, even honor, to be going up against a foe who has attacked his loved ones.
    One man’s terrorist is another man’s patriot, as Bill said. Lacking sufficient knowledge of the regions and the totality of the threat to our country, I do not know if Mr. Rall is correct when he suggests we should pull out of ALL of the areas where AQ is trying to get power; but it would be good if we could ‘fight’ their influence in ways that don’t get children killed by our military, or get our children’s parents’ killed by them.
    Respectfully,
    Sadly,
    C.

  13. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Just what?

  14. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, over 3 years ago

    George Washington,. Patrick Henry, etc. were considered
    terrorists by the british…think about that one

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I agree that no government is going to use nukes, not even Iran or North Korea.

    Pakistan’s nukes worry me, though. The government there is not strong or stable. I think it’s possible that someone crazy enough to use a nuke could gain control of one in Pakistan.

    Glad someone from the more conservative leaning group is showing more sense than lma or rightisright.

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