The Iraq War & Archaeology
Satire & Humor Archive

As an annex to the Iraq War & Archaeology web site, subtle and less-subtle expressions of satire and humor on the same subject were gathered here: columns, cartoons, etc.  Amidst the tragedy, a few laughs or chuckles can be healthy.  It is up to the reader/viewer to decide which of the following are funny and which are not.

Francis Deblauwe
, Ph.D.

The list of articles and cartoons is organized chronologically according to date of publication.
Almost all are accessible for free (or after a free registration) on the internet.  Only occasionally I provide some comment.  The usual warning applies: many links become defective with time.  Inclusion in the list does not in any way mean that I or Archaeos, Inc., or the University of Vienna necessarily agree with the opinions expressed in an article.  But for a few exceptions, the occasional photos and figures accompanying reviewed articles are just hotlinked images on other web sites, in other words: do not download them or request permission to publish them from me, for I or Archaeos, Inc., or the University of Vienna do not own the copyright to them in any way!  Please do contact the rightful owners if you would like to use them for publication purposes. Finally, for the sake of convenience, all articles and so on are assumed to have been published on US web sites unless indicated otherwise.

2nd half of 2005

  • M. Bogdanos, "The Terrorist in the Art Gallery," in The New York Times, December 10, 2005: about connection between looters and terrorists in Iraq

    Cartoon: "M.K. Perker"

  • P. Flarge, "Artnose Christmas Gifts," in Artnose (UK), online, September 30, 2005: "The Donald Rumsfeld Guide to Preserving Ancient Art. If you thought the US State Department was good for nothing except unrolling American corporate values across a supine planet, think again. Following the overthrow of Saddam and the successful dispersal of Iraqi cultural heritage to venal private collectors, this helpful guide tells vulnerable developing countries how to dispatch their priceless collections of ancient material heritage onto the open market prior to invasion. What's better? - An opportunity to buy back your artefacts later at vastly inflated prices, or lose it altogether when a short-range ballistic missile comes through your gallery window? You know it makes sense. Published by Wolfowitz & Rice, Washington, $399.00."

    Fig.: [no caption]

1st half of 2005

  • Cartoon: Marec, "US Army voor poorten Bagdad," in Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium), April 7, 2005: translation: "US Army at the gates of Baghdad"; Mickey Mouse as a Trojan horse...; rerun of an April 7, 2003 cartoon?

  • Cartoon: Reasons To Be Cheerful, "George Says... the Baghdad Museum, Baybeelon, ...," in, online, March 23, 2005: "George Says... the Baghdad Museum, Baybeelon, That Minaree Thingee in Sam-Arrh... What's Next on the 'Show 'Em Who's Boss' List in Iraq, Rummy?"

4th quarter of 2004

  • Cartoon: D. Asmussen, "Bad Reporter," in San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2004: "2004 Assyrian Horse-Drawn Chariot Electoral Map"

3rd quarter of 2004

2nd quarter of 2004

  • S. Persky, "Mr. Peanut Sees the World. The cartoony ad icon pops up in famous places, thanks to Vincent Trasov's absurdist pen," in The Tyee (Canada), online, June 8, 2004: "Vincent Trasov's new series of Mr. Peanut drawings, 'Histories,' is elegant, playful and yet, at the same time, the drawings offer some surprisingly astute commentary about contemporary politics and our understanding of history." "The most politically poignant of the drawings is the figure of Mr. Peanut standing in the place of monumental statues of the Buddha in Bamyian Valley in Afghanistan, destroyed by the Taliban religious fundamentalists in 2001." "Mr. Peanut's presence on the walls of Babylon in Iraq [see illustration], or at the temple of Delphi represents an abiding concern with the destruction of memory."

Illustration: "Vincent Trasov"

  • Kamagurka, "Museum voor Roof en Plundering," in (Belgium), online, May 12-16, 2003: sign in Dutch says: "museum of robbery and plunder"; pedestal inscription speaks for itself

  • Kamagurka, "Musea in Irak geplunderd," in (Belgium), online, April 14-18, 2003: Dutch title means: "museums in Iraq looted"; driver says: "maybe I can exchange him for a Mercedes hood ornament"

1st quarter of 2004

  • Cartoon: T. Rall, "Pentagon Officials Blame ...," May 24, 2004 []

  • Cartoon: T. Rall, "You may remember Pat Tillman ...," April 29, 2004 []

  • Quiddity, "It's simply a matter of time," in Uggabugga, online, April 18, 2003: [refers to archbishop Ussher of Armagh's theory of the age of the earth as he calculated according to his interpretation of the Bible (in the 17th cent.)]

November-December 2003

  • Cartoon: S. Getchell, "Baghdad Museum," in The Boston Phoenix, December 26, 2003

August-October 2003

Photo: "Barf Laundry Detergent, made in Iran" [truth is stranger funnier than fiction!]

June-July 2003

  • Cartoon: R. Bolling, "Tom the Dancing Bug," in Salon, online, July 31, 2003: "Let's see--'Four artifacts thought to have been looted from the Iraqi National Museum are found!' Ha! I'm winning!" "My turn--'The found artifacts are actually historically insignificant and practically worthless!' I'm winning!"

  • "Uday and Qusai to Go On Display in Iraqi Museum," in New Yorkish, online, July 28, 2003: "'We'd like to give every Iraqi the opportunity to see the corpses for themselves,' said Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq. 'With the museum empty, we thought it would be the perfect venue,' he added. General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was excited about the new exhibit. 'We couldn't recover most of those stolen antiquities,' said Myers, 'but we're real happy to have something else to stick in the museum so we can finally reopen the doors,' ..." "And Myers dismissed the suggestion that viewing the corpses in person may still not convince many Iraqis. 'We think the audio tour of the museum -- which will include commentary from soldiers and coroners -- will help a lot,' said Myers. 'It also makes an excursion to the museum a lot more fun for the whole family,' he added." "But Donny George, the U.S. official [sic] who is the now the museum's director, brushed off the criticism. 'I'm just thrilled we'll have some fresh material on display,' he said. 'Well,' George said backtracking, 'I wouldn't necessarily call two dead bodies 'fresh material' but it's better than having an empty exhibit hall.'"

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, June 12, 2003

May 2003

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 20, 2003

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 19, 2003

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 10, 2003

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 9, 2003

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 8, 2003

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 7, 2003: a 4,000-year-old Assyrian scroll, now that would be something!  of course, there is no such thing

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 3, 2003: this wouldn't be Harvey Weiss from Yale, would it?  I didn't know he was on sabbatical at Walden  ;-)}

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 2, 2003

  • Cartoon: G. Trudeau, "Doonesbury,"  in, May 1, 2003

April 2003

Cartoon: "Seymour Chwast"

  • Cartoon: M. Biani, "Completamente svuotato...," in (Italy), online, April 18, 2003: [Completely emptied out the Archaeological Museum of Baghdad. No weapons of mass destruction have been discovered]

  • Cartoon: T. Rall, "America Stuns the World with an Admission of Honesty and Integrity: 'We're Giving Iraq Back to Saddam,'" April 17, 2003 []

  • Cartoon: P. Oliphant, "Ancient Iraqis," [April 16, 2003][New York Times]: [actually, the Sumerians, a people speaking a non-Semitic language, invented writing ca. 3200 BC, not the much later immigrating Arabs speaking their Semitic tongue; the tablets are too much like substantial stone slabs while the real cuneiform tablets are are often not much bigger than the palm of your hand and were made of clay, slightly bulging]
  • Cartoon: C. Lay, "Story Minute," in Salon, online, April 15, 2003: actually, there was no solid-gold harp, parts of this instrument from Ur were covered with gold leaf and a bull's head (not solid gold either if I remember correctly) was attached; the last cell of this cartoon seems to show looters taking off with erroneous Egyptian-looking stuff

March 2003 and before

  • Cartoon: M. Lane, "Old Iraq," in The Baltimore Sun, January 15, 2003


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