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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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11 June 2013

Uncommon Commentary #346: If Our Strikes Are "Surgical", They're Guilty of Malpractice (Alternate Title: Droning On and On)

Pakistan may be a poor ally in the War on Terror, but it is a sovereign state whose government has formally asked us to terminate our campaign of "drone" (unmanned aerial vehicle) attacks within its territory.  We ought to either honor that request, or be honest enough to invade the country and so establish a military presence by right of conquest.
On a similar topic: Whenever, wherever, and however one fights a war, at least some noncombatants are going to die, and so I don't necessarily regard the accidental casualties from our War on Terror in Pakistan, Yemen, &c. as reasons to call off that war; but it would be nice if our government would stop using the dehumanizing euphemism "collateral damage" to refer to such deaths, as if killing Anwar al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son and his son's friend were no more regrettable than, for instance, knocking out someone's tooth with a clean check in a hockey game.