Ted Rall, Michelle Malkin Exchange Words Over Rall Cartoon

By: E&P Staff Universal Press Syndicate editorial cartoonist Ted Rall has responded to criticism from Creators Syndicate columnist Michelle Malkin.

The conservative Malkin used her blog to slam the liberal Rall for his July 14 cartoon saying there are some similarities between American soldiers and Muslim suicide bombers. For instance, the cartoon -- which can be seen here -- noted that many from those two groups share the traits of "blind obedience" and coming from impoverished backgrounds.

Malkin wrote that Rall threw "another troop-bashing tantrum" and added: "Rall is beyond contempt. He has accused our troops of being murderers for Halliburton, mocked soldiers as sexual deviants, and derided the late Pat Tillman as an 'idiot' and 'sap.' Now, all in one cartoon, he shows his naked contempt for the very traits of the American soldier that helped give birth to this country and secured it for 231 years: willingness to sacrifice, faith, courage, respect for the commander-in-chief, and determination to complete their mission."

Rall responded on his blog that he considers only some soldiers -- including those guilty of rape and torture -- sexual deviants. He added that it has "become evident that Tillman was no idiot. Sap, however, applies to anyone who joined the armed forces after 9/11, when Bush made clear that he had no intention of defending the U.S. or going after the murderers of 9/11." And, reacting to Malkin's comment about respecting the commander-in-chief, Rall said: "Why on earth would anyone respect Bush?"

Defending his July 14 drawing, Rall wrote: "It's a fairly straightforward cartoon. I was reading a list of character traits ascribed to Muslim suicide bombers and was taken by the obvious similarities to traits required to serve in the military: blind obedience to authority, religiosity, etc. Both the suicide bombers and the soldiers are victims of a vicious con: die for someone else's benefit, without questioning whether the sacrifice is worth it."


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