... fool or monster ...
24 in X 32 in.
Digital painting.

This painting shows George W. Bush just before announcing the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003. In the background are images of US soldiers soon to be killed in Iraq as a result of his actions.

This painting was inspired by the poem "Reflection" by David Ray.

Exhibited at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop, March 2006.


Our leader is a hollow man they say,
wooden-headed and not very bright,

misled by others who are Machiavellian,
while he is not. Yet he is the man

who gives orders, and when he does
many die, and they are just as dead

as if a great warrior had downed them.
But to the dead does it matter what manner

of fool or monster --- charming or crude ---
sent them their deaths, using weapons

fueled by enough propaganda to lift
great planes and missiles off the ground

and send them in graceful flight around the earth.


Copyright 2004 by David Ray

From "The Death of Sardanapalus & Other Poems of the Iraq Wars" by David Ray which is available at

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