This drawing is Ali Farzat’s Cartoon of the Day from October 14, 2011. Ali Farzat is a Syrian political cartoonist who published his work for years and has continued throughout the protests in Syria.
The image shows a rose and a thorny tree side by side with a underground view of their roots. The rose is labeled “revolution” and the tree is labeled “order.”
The image is fascinating and inspires countless interpretations. For example, the rose could represent the romantic associations with revolution. The simple beauty on the surface, though, causes one to overlook the nasty part of revolution that lies beneath the surface. The tree could represent the people’s negative view of order and the ease with which it can be uprooted.
On the other hand, this cartoon could imply that order is a weed that must be uprooted whereas revolution possesses and simple beauty and strong unbreakable quality.