September 8th, 2017


Cartoonist’s Commentary:


The reference to the British frigate by Ash’s father refers to the third “Cod War” back in the mid-1970’s, the last in a series of sort-of-militarized disputes over fishing territory near Iceland. They weren’t really ‘wars’ in the technical sense… most of it consisted of cutting fishing nets, firing occasional pot-shots, and periodic ramming and collisions between boats and ships. Ultimately, Iceland’s location and strategic value to NATO (and its threat to leave NATO over the issue) allowed it to get most of what it wanted in terms of its fishing territory.

What can I say, I’m a bit of a history nut so I like throwing these things in every so often.