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Israeli PM's cartoon bomb at UN sparks Internet meme

It didn't take much time for the Internet to respond to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bomb cartoon at the United Nations.
In his speech before the UN on Thursday, Netanyahu held up a cartoon sketch of a bomb, with a lit fuse, to illustrate how close he believes Iran is to creating a nuclear weapon. He even used a red marker to draw a "red line" suggesting that is the point that the US needs to take military action against Iran.
Meme of Prime Minister Netanyahu s cartoon bomb
Meme of Prime Minister Netanyahu's cartoon bomb
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But the sketch has blown up on the Internet, with more than 17,000 mentions on Twitter within the first few minutes of the speech, and creating a new meme with many of the photoshopped images showing up on Tumblr and on 972mag.
PM Netanyahu as Bob Dylan meme
PM Netanyahu as Bob Dylan meme
Ido Keinan
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The Atlantic magazine's Jeffrey Goldberg compared it to the "Middle East equivalent to Clint Eastwood's chair", on Twitter and asked, "With all the Jewish comic book talent out there, he had to draw a Wile E. Coyote bomb."
Jeffrey Goldberg Tweet
Jeffrey Goldberg Tweet
Twitter/Jeffrey Goldberg
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But former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that Netanyahu's cartoon bomb was, "one of the most effective, gripping uses of a chart I've ever seen. Is the world listening??"
Ari Fleischer tweet
Ari Fleischer tweet
Twitter/Ari Fleischer
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In an op-ed piece by writer Alexandra Petri, in the Washington Post, she asks, "Was it a calculated choice of a ridiculous-looking, over-simplified picture, created decades before the invention of the Internet by someone with a limited understanding of bombs — in order to create the one indelible image of the afternoon that everyone would be talking about?If this was on purpose, it was brilliant. If this was not, it was — silly is putting it mildly, and an insult to comics artists everywhere."
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
Amir Schiby
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meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
Yuval Drier Shilo
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meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
meme of PM Netanyahu at UN
Tumblr
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7 comments

#1Sep 28, 2012 Richard Mccallum
@ Ari Fliescher, yes the world is listening, and laughing at another convoluted cartoon incitement to World War 3.
Nice article Darren!
#2Sep 28, 2012 Anne Sewell
LOL. Fun memes, but unfortunately its getting way too close to a possible WWIII
#3Sep 28, 2012 JohnThomas Didymus
haw, haw, really hilarious!
#4Sep 28, 2012 Larry Clifton
@Anne Sewell
LOL. Fun memes, but unfortunately its getting way too close to a possible WWIII
Funny stuff! I just wonder if it will still seem "funny" after Iran has completed its nuclear venture.
#5Sep 28, 2012 skeptikool
@Larry Clifton
Funny stuff! I just wonder if it will still seem "funny" after Iran has completed its nuclear venture.
You mean after Iran has completed another operating, nuclear power plant, to piss off an envious Israel? I just hope Iran considers thorium to fuel its next one.
#6Sep 28, 2012 Shawn Kay
I love the UN General Assembly which takes place here in NYC at the end of summer every year. Its such a colorful and entertaining event.
#7Sep 29, 2012 Steve K
Hilarious! Thanks for posting this article, Darren.
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