ViewsEurope by CartoonArts International

ViewsEuropeNo Zoom

Comments (8) (Please sign in to comment)

  1. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 2 years ago

    Yeah, sharing a pipeline is a GREAT way to have a relationship with Putin…just ask the rest of Europe

  2. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 2 years ago

    A deal 10 years in the making.

    Hey! I notice the Serbian cartoonist, Corax, must have noticed my cringing the last time round; he’s ensured a likeness of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (without glasses) this time round.
    Multiculturalism indeed.

  3. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    Serbia has erected a statue of Gavrilo Princip, honoring his memory.

  4. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 2 years ago


    Yeah, I heard about that, but it was in a majority Serbian neighbourhood in Sarejevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The report I heard told of the conflicting historical narratives in the Balkans concerning Princip. One problematic point for some Bosnians was that in the ‘90s war a medal of valour named after Princip was given to Serbian military, also involved in shelling of their country; while for Serbians Princip was a symbol of the over-throwing of the Austro-Hungarian empire. (my particular conflict-of-interest is that my wife is Austrian).
    The Austrian narrative is also different. ;-)
    The assassination of the arch-duke by Princip in June 1914 was tragic in more ways as he was seen as a reformer.
    For most of Europe, Princip’s action (and of his co-conspirators) meant Europe-wide devastation, 14 million dead and the sowing of the seeds for the next world war.

    Complicated character (btw, he was a minor at the time of the assassination and therfore spared the death penalty. Still died 3 years later in prison, of an infection or something similar)

  5. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    @omQ R

    So true. You are one of a very few to recognized the tragic irony about the Black Hand’s choice of target. Ferdinand was known to be the only member of the Hapsburg family who would listen to the desires & complaints of the minorities in the Empire.

    However, it’s equally true that had Princip not seen the Royal couple, or was jumped before he could shoot, it was only a matter of time, probably a short time, that another incident would have sparked an over-armed Europe into the abyss.

  6. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 2 years ago


    “… it was only a matter of time, probably a short time, that another incident would have sparked an over-armed Europe into the abyss.”


  7. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    Actually, Churchy, I see things today as far worse than the situations for the 30 years leading up to WWI and 10 years before WWII. I really wish I could be more optomistic.

    Before 1914, we had the Chinese starting to re-awaken, with the Boxer rebellion, and we had a lot of unrest and small wars in the Balkans, as the Autro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were straining to maintain their status quo
    as world powers. Russia was crumbling internally too.

    During the 1930’s, the poorly re-drawn borders in Europe and the mid-east were relatively quiet, while only Germany was hell-bent on another shot at hegemony. And, Japan felt her sun was on the rise.

    Today, China is bursting at the seams. Instability threatens. North Korea has a little crazy kid, backed by a military that wants to start trouble, running the show. Japan is nervous. Iran wants to wipe Israel off the planet. Islamic extremism is growing exponentially as every year passes, and threatens to engulf the world into a holocaust that may surpass those of the 20th century. They will gladly pull the rest of mankind down with them, crying “Allah is Great”!

    Again, I am not a full Obama fan, but the President faces many difficult challanges every day, far more dangerous than Presidents Wilson or Roosevelt ever did. So far, has kept the peace, no thanks to Boehner and his Republican
    antagonists. I do not believe that our congress, as a whole, fully appreciate all the outside problems facing the United States, as they as too focused on carrying out their financial sponsors commands. Plus, none seem to know History.

    (Is it OK to call you Churchy?)

  8. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    ps: I don’t know how this happens. I composed the above diatribe into several paragraphs, but after I hit “submit” , everything got pressed onto one long block! It makes me look like I failed fourth-grade composition class!

  9. Refresh Comments.