Lashing Libya

In March 2001, the UN Security Council authorized air strikes and a no-fly zone over Libya in order to protect civilians in the midst of domestic turmoil violently suppressed by Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In this cartoon, posted by artist Fan Jianping (范建平) to his QQ blog, U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy rush into a ring where Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is mercilessly beating one of his citizens. Sorkozy’s brow is ruffled in anger, while Obama looks blank, concerned and uncommitted.

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