While Assad was not supposed to be given a face in that the revolution was about the Syrian people and not his person, the bloodshed has been going on for so long that a face is in order. This is a manmade catastrophe. Someone is actively perpetrating it and so that someone is responsible for each life taken.
He is consequently not so much a face as all movement as portrayed by Khalid Gueddar. Shielded by Khamenei, the Iranian Supreme Leader, the two of them mirror one another with a direct compositional downward line running from the gaze of the one holding guard to the one adding to the pile of the slaughtered. All of it made possible by the floating of the robe of thick oil.
In the Nordic languages as well in German, we have a word for what we are seeing: Khamenei in selvtredje/själv tredje/selbdritt. As in having three incarnations, each incarnation responsible for propagating the next one. Oh, and the drawing is already two years old:
|Khalid Gueddar, 2013.|
The cartoon shown is courtesy of Khalid Gueddar and must not be reproduced without his permission.