A Pat Oliphant political cartoon distributed nationwide on July 9th
apparently suggested that Islamic civilization has achieved nothing but the
taming of the camel. The cartoon depicts stereotypically-dressed and
hook-nosed men named “Mohammed” and “Ahmed” riding camels in the desert.
The men engage in the following conversation:
One man says: “IS IT NOT WONDROUS, MOHAMMED, THAT BY THE GRACE OF ALLAH,
MANKIND HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE SUCH AMAZING EXPLORATIONS OF DEEP SPACE?”
Another responds: “NOT MANKIND, AHMED – INFIDELS!”
A third man says: “DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!”
A small figure in the corner of the cartoon (a signature of Oliphant’s
cartoons) then say: “WE TAMED THE CAMEL DIDN’T WE?”
Another small figure responds, “THAT’S AN ACHIEVEMENT. THEN WHAT?”
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
Pat Oliphant’s cartoons are distributed by Universal Press Syndicate (UPS).
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