Thursday, May 27, 2004
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Doonesbury at war
For much of middle America, as well as middle England, middle France and very possibly middle earth, the war in Iraq really hit home on April 19 this year. Opening their newspaper comic supplements or turning to the editorial page where some newspapers place the Doonesbury strip, readers were shocked by yet another piece of grisly news from Iraq. And this was news about someone they knew, some for more than 30 years.
BD, aka Brian Dowling, college football star and one of the lead characters in Garry Trudeau's strip cartoon Doonesbury, lost a leg (and, almost as shocking for aficionados, his helmet). The opening frame, a black box with the word "Hey!" in a white bubble, was the first sign that something was wrong. The next frame had a tearful GI saying, "You stay with me, man, you hear me?" It wasn't until two days later that BD was shown lying on a stretcher, his heavily bandaged left leg stopping abruptly at the thigh. Yet while the injury to BD brought home the savage and random nature of the war, the real furore erupted two days later
This is a good article and well worth the read if you have a spare five minutes or so.
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