Pirates & Emperors

I’ve been meaning to blog this for a while, and the end of the year seems like a good time to clear out a backlog of mentionable links. This brilliant Schoolhouse Rock spoof called Pirates & Emperors got a lot of attention in the blogsphere when it came out in October, but it’s so on the mark that I think it’s worth resurfacing the link now.

The cartoon highlights the fact that the U.S. goverment routinely aids and abets “vicious, low-down thugs” who try to “to overthrow the government by attacking undefended civilian targets like schools, farms, hospitals, & outreach centers.” In Nicaragua we called these thugs “Freedom Fighters.” In Afghanistan in the eighties this was the Taliban.

One country’s idea of freedom is another country’s idea of terrorism…