The Middle East’s Version of Clint Eastwood’s Chair
Originally published at Daily Kos |
What I’m about to share has officially gone viral, and for good reason.
Today, at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave his scheduled address before gathered leaders, diplomats and world figures.
Perhaps Netanyahu was inspired by Clint Eastwood, because during his speech – to make sure world leaders understood the gravity of a nuclear Iran – Netanyahu employed some props to underscore the importance of “red lines.” Or, more specifically, the importance of drawing red lines with regard to Iran.
It was a strange, unsettling show replete with ACME-grade drawings of bombs held before world leaders:
The moment was so simultaneously condescending and bizarre that, naturally, Israeli and American meme artists got to work immediately, making sure the buffoonery of the moment didn’t go unnoticed:
Netanyahu’s show was indeed bizarre, and Israel’s leader has become something of a viral meme machine with his bombastic statements and appearances.
However, much of the immediate reaction is due to how negatively people view Netanyahu’s incessant pushing of world leaders on the issue of Iran (not to mention his simultaneous ignoring of the occupation of Palestinian territory).
Netanyahu’s continuous critiquing of Europe, his meddling in the U.S. election, and his chest-puffing to Iran is wearing thin.
However, what will never wear thin are ACME pictures of bombs at the U.N. That? Will never grow old.
The title is inspired by a Tweet from Jeffrey Goldberg:
Netanyahu’s bomb cartoon is the Middle East equivalent of Clint Eastwood’s chair.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) September 27, 2012
Additionally, here is a video of Netanyahu’s speech containing the props in question: