Wednesday, 22nd January 2014
by Joshua Gaskell
Reading Martin Amis on Stalin’s self-inflicted unpreparedness for Hitler’s invasion, I find myself picturing the best and most grotesque political cartoon never drawn:
Stalin’s behaviour in early 1941 bears marked similarities to a certain manoeuvre in baboon praxis. If a weak baboon is threatened by a strong baboon he will sometimes symbolically offer up his rear end, as if for passive intercourse. […] Stalin tried it, and merely got what he seemed to be asking for. Maybe, too, he was half baboon, half ostrich, under the impression that if he couldn’t see reality, then reality couldn’t see him.
– Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
It’s a shame it was a further decade before the birth of Steve Bell.