Magazine article Variety

Paris Attacks a Fight between 'Good vs. Evil'

Magazine article Variety

Paris Attacks a Fight between 'Good vs. Evil'

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WHEN I WAS A COLLEGE STUDENT, it gave me great pleasure to read about politics, because it was my passion, along with film and journalism. I used to love reading Herblock cartoons in the Washington Post. And I loved Tom Toles' cartoons from the Buffalo News (I went to school in Buffalo). Of course, Herblock went on to great success, as did Toles, and they were an insistent reminder that cartoon and caricature could be great weapons for good, and deterrents to bad.

This preamble hopefully illustrates the humanity and the affection I think people have for cartoons. I'll take Charlie Brown over Rene Descartes, and put Linus in Socrates' class, any day. Although it's Lucy who has the voice of a cartoonist - ironic, funny and eye-opening.

The tragedy in France is a stunning blow against freedom of speech and freedom of joy. It draws a parallel to the horrors of the Nazis and their mad attempt to destroy books. These are the works of fanatics - irrational thinking and scaDegoating to comDensate for misaDDroDriated ideas.

This has become a fight, good vs. evil. This is a time for nations to unite, to share information and realize we live in a world where technology has evened the score and made the bad guys even more dangerous. Now we have to use our technology and share things to make the good guys better, more capable, more efficient. I always think about "The Lord of the Rings" at times like this. Tolkien's great literature was a rallying cry for World War II, when fascism and supreme evil had to be stopped by the sacrifices of good people, good armies and good countries. …

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