Amirmansour Rahimyan, a cartoon critic, has analyzed a cartoon by Patrick Chappatte in which he drew a broken and tired last soldier that reminds us the last American soldier in Afghanistan. He refers to it as an examples not taken by American, especially the Vietnam War. Here is his analysis:
“Man is an offspring of the moment and his long-term memory is extremely weak, as if it did not exist at all. If we did not have documentary history, man would thought that he lives in the first and last period of humanity. I do not tell it by chance. To prove this, one can review the history. Despite knowing about the short life of our ancestors, human beings try to achieve more power and wealth and resources. Thinking about future generations is not a real concern. It is a part of human nature not to learn from the stories of the past. The future generations will also be the same. But the aim and philosophy of history is not just story and myths, it exists to prevent us from similar mistakes. Most people would not learn the lesson, except they experience it by themselves. This rule not only apply to everyday events but also to the eminent one.
Mankind's insistence on experiencing all the mistakes in his short life has created the kind of life in the world that we are witnessing. Mistakes that need lives of generations to make them right. Interestingly, the same mistakes are made by new people. In my opinion “reoccurrence of history” is the most correct word that people have said.
American commanders and rulers have taken the lives of many generations trying to prove themselves. They have started the same wars to achieve things others have sought and never achieved. Patrick Chappatte’s work reminds us the last American soldier in Afghanistan. A photo taken with a night vision camera and became widespread. A soldier walks over to a door that says "exit" and thinks to himself, "I've been staring at this [damn] door for 20 years." 20 years since attack to the Twin Towers of World Trade in 2001. Today, September 11, 2021, is the twentieth anniversary of this event; When the collapsed towers changed all things around the world. We can see the consequences of American governments and the former US president’s decisions which is nothing except destroying Afghanistan and Iraq. The decisions were made out of anger and confusion without reviewing the history. Chappatte does not portray the last soldier as a victorious knight, but as a broken and tired man who carry his weapon behind him, and cures everything in his mind. A soldier who has been in wars for a long time and away from home, and his life is ruined by fruitless war. A war that has brought darkness to the Afghan people and emptiness to the US military. Soldiers whose fate is similar to that of the soldiers of the Vietnam War. ‘Something they never learned from.’ “