m996.10.346 | Mouammar Kadhafi: Allah Holds Him Tight
Mouammar Kadhafi: Allah Holds Him Tight
January 8,1986, 20th century
Ink on paper
28 x 21 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
Keys to History
"My pal Qaddafi!!!! This was the first caricature of mine that caused a negative reaction. A journalist even wrote me a letter full of dirty words. But I think that some people simply didn't understand the drawing. The way I see it, Allah knew full well that Qaddafi was a fool and was holding him gently in his arms..."
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