Syria and Chekhov’s Gun

syria and chekhov's gun cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

I'm not a politician. I'm not even very political. Nor am I a political cartoonist. This cartoon is about a reality I've observed in human nature: if force is an option we allow then the temptation to use it will be at times overwhelming. Like this cartoon illustrates, it doesn't matter if someone gets the order to engage or not. Once the idea is launched, how far behind is the weapon?Have you heard of the dramatic principle of Chekhov's gun? "Remove everything that has no relevance to the … [Read more...]


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