© Chappatte in "Le Temps" (Geneva)
The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has joked in an interview with a pro-regime Lebanese newspaper that the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize should have been awarded to him. The prize was instead given last week to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is charged with disarming Syria of its chemical stockpile. "That prize should have been given to me," Mr Assad said when his interviewer brought up the announcement from the Nobel committee. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from "Le Temps" (Geneva) shows a member of the OPCW holding the Nobel Peace Prize aloft. Standing in the shadows in the background, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad comments, "They could have included me."
'Could have' is sometimes used to express regret or reproach someone for something, e.g., You could have told me you were going to invite your sister (suggests you're not happy about the fact you weren't told).
The truth is sometimes stronger than cartoons.