Titled Rebel rocket attack, this satirical video by British street artist Banksy spoofs those posted on YouTube by Syrian rebels. The video was, unsurprisingly, not well received "by Syria-watchers, some of whom have described its 'crude politics' as an over-simplification of the conflict."
If the video feels a bit awkward, it may be in part because the globally minded leftist movement that Banksy so often speaks for has grappled with how to think about Syria. The idea of any Western intervention in the Middle East can carry, for them, echoes of imperialism. Skepticism of religion also makes the Syrian rebels, a number of whom are Islamist, less than attractive. And the Bashar al-Assad regime has long claimed to represent a kind of anti-imperialist bulwark against the West and against Israel.
So there's been a real hesitancy among leftists like Banksy to embrace the Syrian opposition, which is reflected a bit in his choice to skewer the rebels, portraying them as murdering beloved children's cartoon characters. But no one or virtually no one can bring themselves to back the Assad regime, which has done and continues to do terrible things to its citizens. That's led a lot of people in international leftist movements to talk around the conflict, to decry specific aspects of the West's approach to the war without fully engaging the thing itself. There's no good guy for them; Islamist rebels especially ones who might receive support from the West are the closest they can get to a pure bad guy.
|Photoshop Live: Pranking People With Photoshop on the Spot|
|Propane Tanks Turned into Seats|
|Sincerity Machine: a Comic Sans Typewriter|
|Inappropriate Cards That Suck a Bit Less|
|Subway Systems of the World, Presented on the Same Scale|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
|iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying|
|“A driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road.”|
|“You can often hide from an AI video system with the aid of a simple color printout.”|
|“A deep fake sex video emerges in a Google search of your name.”|
|Vintage Mobile Phones|
|“Reality might be a video game.”|
|Fake Name Generator|