Today's cartoon needed to go out quickly so I drew it up rather haphazardly to get it in before my syndicate deadline. It got out all right but in a different form altogether from the version shown on the website. This is how I originally composed it:
After some consultation, I came to the conclusion that showing the corpse of Saddam dangling at the end of a rope would be too much for editors to bear for publication. Besides, it doesn't bear in mind the appeal process will prevent Saddam's execution well after the losses George Bush's Republicans are sure to take as American voters go to the polls in today's mid-term elections.
So, I switched the two characters around, extended the wooden beam right across, gave Saddam his life back, fixed a missing rope segment I omitted under Bush's arm and extend the other pointed finger one.
Speaking of pointed fingers... here's my youngest daughter Jackie who became a one year old on the weekend. She celebrated the event in outer space: