Friday, April 19, 2013

The Dogs of War

"He's going to go down in the history books as a great artist."

If there was ever an image that perfectly encapsulates the concept of the banality of evil. While some heightened degree of psychological projection - basic empathy - is a supposed hallmark of artists, there's no doubt whatsoever that the particular subject matter chosen by Bush reflects the utmost limits of his cognition and the depths of his compassion. Poster-boy's disconnect can be attributed in no small way to his genteel, rarefied upbringing ("So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?").

Would that he, and all the rest of the war pigs, actually ever confront or contemplate - let alone have to personally endure - the results of their puppetry.
"I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness."


  1. Thanks: With a non-verbal panel no less. But other folks said it better.

  2. Hitler tried to be an artist, too.

    1. Hitler was denied admission to art school based on the quality of the work he submitted with his application, so he decided to conquer the world instead. The irony is, the paintings that wouldn't get him into a German art school in 1921 would probably have gotten him graduated from an American art school in 1978--at least, the one I went to, if the student show was any indicator. I can't speak to the standards of 2013. My old school has taken to calling itself by its initials, apparently since the short version of its name that was commonly used when I attended it sounded like a name for a state mental hospital--which in some ways it resembled.

  3. Godwin! Then again, so is Ruby the Elephant. And Ashlee Simpson. Though only one of the four’s works are valued in the six figures by collectors.
    And no doubt 42 would also flunk the entrance exam of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and this rejection would in turn create a bitter, amoral monster who would go on to start a war, oh wait, check.
    Also see “Hitler Masturbating” watercolor by Salvador Dali.