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How do Iran’s Neighbors Feel About Obama’s Bad Deal?

The Daily Caller News Foundation put together a very interesting piece this past week showing five different Middle Eastern cartoons showing how Iran’s neighbors felt about the deal that President Obama just signed with the dangerous Islamic Republic.


Unhappy with the United States’ Iran deal, media outlets in Gulf states have published a slew of comics critical president’s plan.

Qatari daily Al Raya printed a cartoon of America and Iran signing the document with a pen and a missile respectively, alluding to Iran’s ulterior motives for signing the deal.

Comic from Al Raya
Comic from Al Raya

Doha-based Al Jazeera ran a comic Wednesday that depicted an Iranian figure wearing a gold medal around his neck, reading, “Vienna agreement.” While flashing a peace sign, he stands on a pile of bloody corpses from Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Gulf states like Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of destabilizing these countries, often because they find Tehran supporting their opposition. Saudi Arabia backs Syrian opposition groups while Iran supports the regime of President Bashar Assad. In Yemen, Saudi Arabia leads the Sunni military campaign to oust Houthi rebels, yet Iran is aligned with the Shiite group.

Comic from Al Jazeera
Comic from Al Jazeera

Al Ittihad, a daily in the United Arab Emirates, published a side-by-side cartoon Wednesday, showing an Iranian man ”before the nuclear agreement.” The picture on the left shows the same figure “after the nuclear agreement,” implying Iran’s power will expand, according to David A. Weinberg, an expert at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Comic from Al Raya
Comic from Al Raya

Saudi newspaper Al-Watan printed a comic of Iran’s supreme leader funneling money into the mouth of a dark-clad man labeled “terrorism,” alleging Tehran intents to boost support for extremism through sanctions relief.

Al-Watan Cartoon
Comic from Al-Watan

Asharq al-Awsat, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, showed America’s Uncle Sam and an Iranian figure sprinting over a giant labeled “the Middle East” in pursuit of a nuclear deal. It appears to make a statement about U.S. realignment in the region to partner with Iran over traditional allies.

A cartoon in Asharq al-Awsat
A cartoon in Asharq al-Awsat

Iran and six world powers signed an agreement to limit Tehran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions in Vienna Tuesday.



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Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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