© Chappatte in The International New York Times
A major conference aimed at finding a political solution to the three-year conflict in Syria that has left 100,000 dead is due to start in Switzerland. The Syrian government and the main opposition are attending the Geneva II summit along with international allies. The key issue, on which neither side appears willing to budge, is the future of President Bashar al-Assad. Differences were also laid bare on the eve of the summit, in a report accusing Syria of mass torture and executions. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from The International New York Times shows conference delegates arguing in the background as an exasperated John Kerry looks on. In the foreground, a dove has arrived on the red carpet carrying an olive branch in its beak. The official informs the bird, "I don't see you on the guest list."
According to the biblical story (Genesis 8:11), a dove was released by Noah after the flood in order to find land; it came back carrying an olive leaf in its beak, telling Noah that, somewhere, there was land. Christians used Noah's dove as a peace symbol. [source: Wikipedia] Nowadays, a dove carrying an olive branch is univerally recognized as a symbol of peace, so the cartoonist is suggesting that peace is something which is not on the agenda at the conference.