James Foley was an American conflict reporter who went missing in Syria almost two years ago. On Tuesday, August 19th, a video of Foley surfaced. The video, apparently produced by ISIS as a warning to the US to stop air strikes against the group in Iraq, ended with Foley's death. Read more >>
The cartoon by Dave Brown from The Independent shows a hand holding a pen against a desert background with clouds of smoke rising in the distance. The name J. Foley is inscribed on the pen, so we can assume it's his hand. The title of the cartoon consists of one word followed by three dots: Mightier ...
The cartoonist is assuming that the reader will fill in the dots, as it were. In fact, the word 'mightier' is meant to evoke the proverb 'The pen is mightier than the sword', which means that thinking and writing have more influence on people and events than the use of force or violence. However, in the wake of Foley's death, the US is considering escalating its assault on Islamic State extremists with air raids, drone strikes and special forces operations inside Syria, so the cartoonist is probably using the proverb ironically. Other interpretations are possible, however.
Mighty means very strong or powerful. • The Aztecs built a mighty empire that dominated Central America.