Graduated From Student Radicalism Into International Terrorism

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6 Responses to Graduated From Student Radicalism Into International Terrorism

  1. mwnekoman says:

    Your use of the Rattler and Crimson Guard in the background really adds some nice colors to the depth.

    Also, this picture reminds me of how nice V1 Baroness is. I need to do more with mine.

  2. Mike T. says:

    This raises an interesting question for me. Is Cobra a right wing or a left wing terrorist organization?

    While it was dictatorial in nature, Cobra also had a meritocracy. It was relentless in it’s pursuit of profit. But, also promised to treat workers decently and give them a chance to earn a nice living.

  3. generalliederkranz says:

    That’s a great question. l feel like it’s become such a cult of its own that the ideological motives that originally drove some of its members are probably lost. The Baroness definitely comes from the left (I love the moments in the comics when that shines through, like in Special Missions #1 when she’s talking about the Kronstadt mutiny while boarding the Soviet ship). I can believe that a lot of rank-and-file Cobras are probably looking for a left-wing workers’ paradise. But Wild Weasel and Major Bludd seem like they’re probably right-wingers, mercenaries who are invested in the power of the western corporations and intelligence agencies that hire them. If you believe the late comics, Firefly is the son of a French offiical in Indochina, so probably not a big fan of communist revolutions. Tomax and Xamot are definitely on the profit-seeking side. Not to mention Cesspool! Cobra Commander’s own politics seem like a complicated mix that probably shift to accommodate what gives him more power.

  4. I’d say that Baroness is definitely left-wing. Despite her being rich Euro-Trash, I also figure she’s more in the Ché Guevera school of “bourgeoise becoming revolutionary” than the typical idealist young socialist revolutionary who when asked how their family will pay the bills while telling workers to go on strike, responds with “I guess we could sell the Island”.

    Zartan’s politics are probably more anarchist than anything, I figure he just wants to destroy society, what comes afterwards isn’t really of his concern. He’ll probably wanna destroy that too. I think that’s partially why he drags the Dreadnoks around with him.

    I agree with General Liederkranz on the Crimson Twins, Bludd and Firefly, but I’ll disagree with him on Wild Weasel. I think Wild Weasel was definitely on the left, based on him fighting in Angola. Though that’s my personal preference, he could be a CIA backed Cuban exile. There’s an Intelligence Profile on Wild Weasel from the UK Action Force comic, that’s scanned on Yo Joe! That’s really interesting, and far more real-world than anything in Marvel. He fought on a lot of conflicts on the USSR side!

    Destro in my world’s too partied out to care about Politics. He’s like his ancestor and sells guns to both sides during war, but it’s not even for profit, he just can’t remember what he’s doing!

    I think COBRA Commander is probably well versed in politics enough, that he can converse with anyone about anything, and make them feel that they’re on the same page. I figure his cult of personality is so strong it can keep a Marxist Leninist and a Fascist fighting for the same thing. I figure his recruiting speeches were full of enough populist rhetoric that people get what they wanted from it. Society’s gone so far to the right in the last 60 years, that a self-proclaimed “Socialist” like Bernie Sanders could run on an Ike Eisenhower policy platform, but he wrapped it up in Populist speech, that it was either a true threat to the Dems, or an excellent sheep dogging strategy.

    Still populism is a thing that’s considered dangerous, just because it allows the vast majority of people to realize they’ve gone more in common with each other, than they do with the powers that actually run the world.

  5. paint-wipes says:

    I see cobra drawing in from both sides of the isle, for military purposes you see a higher amount of reactionary guns for hire, for cultural purposes i could see cobra commander weaponizing anything from new deal great society this land is our land nostalgia to riding the wave of neo-nazism and white separatist groups that emerged in the 70s. either way cobra command is a response to american neoliberalism that ultimately has no coherent goal beyond cobra commanders drive for political influence.

  6. paint-wipes says:

    I see cobra drawing in from both sides of the isle, for military purposes you see a higher amount of reactionary guns for hire, for cultural purposes i could see cobra commander weaponizing anything from new deal great society this land is our land nostalgia to riding the wave of neo-nazism and white separatist groups that emerged in the 70s. either way cobra command is a response to american neoliberalism that ultimately has no coherent goal beyond cobra commanders drive for political influence.

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