Parke Wabash sent me a terrific book of WAR COMICS, and it seems quite a propos to our moment in time. There are some colour pages from a long out-of-print DELL title called COMBAT in which the featured artist is Sam Glansman. As a kid I recognised his distinctive style and knew him by his initials SJG, which he sometimes enclosed within a small cartouche. Great Stuff.
One image remains especially imprinted in my memory- a drawing of General Tojo smashing an alarm clock with his Samurai’s sword beside this caption
“AMERICA NEEDED TIME…TIME TO BUILD UP ITS STRENGTH…TIME TO PREPARE…BUT GENERAL TOJO WAS DETERMINED NOT TO GIVE US ANY TIME! WHY SHOULD HE?”
The Japanese militarists squandered their time building weapons, raising armies, navies, and air forces. In these they placed their faith, and their faith betrayed them.
Weapons don’t make you strong, and armies don’t make you safe. Navies don’t make you safe, nor do surveillance satellites. Even less so, unmanned drones and space-based weaponry.
“Time longer than rope”, says Yabby You, “and Time is gonna catch up upon you.”