Cartoons on the opinion page of a newspaper tells us much about the bias, the political correctness and particular prejudices of the cartoonist and the editors who chose a particular cartoon. This is in addition to the main message the cartoon is trying to deliver. I refer to the Heraldschoice on Feb. 9 of a cartoon showing an armed Israeli jet, on its way to attack Iran, and the consequences will be that we, the driving public, will pay a higher price for gas.
President Obama has warned Iran about building a nuclear bomb and declared that it would be a red line and that the military option is on the table. Much of the world is fearful of a nuclear-armed Iran and agree that it should be stopped. The country best militarily equipped to do the job is the United States.
What is the Herald trying to say? Does it warn that Iran should not be stopped? My take-home message from the cartoon is that if gasoline prices go up, we need to blame Israel. Interestingly, the Herald is blaming Israel, even before anyone attacks Iran. A fair and balanced newspaper would have left the Star of David off the airplane. A United States insignia would have required more political guts than the Herald possesses, if the message was simply that attacking Iran would raise oil prices.