Re: Pirate Theme - Consistent w
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (Freemason@AOL.COM)
Sat, 24 Jun 1995 13:56:39 -0400
Kevin, you wrote regaqring Michael Bowman's treatise on pirates:
Michael's treatise is quite historically correct, but what he did not mention
is that several governments of the world employed some of these pirates for
their own gain, whether it was the Moorish Corsairs of old, who harassed the
European Christian merchant fleets, the British hiring Sir Francis Drake to
loot the Spanish ships that carried gold from the New World for the Church
and Crown, or Jacque Lafayette, who pirated for the Revolutionary American
Seems the pirates were dubbed "heroes" until their usefulness ended, then
they were usually hunted down by the very governments who hired, and in some
cases, subsidized them, in the first place. Maybe our "academics" should be
teaching this side of the issue while they are drcrying the evils of piracy.
But that is "Unamerican," isn't it? :/
<soapbox mode on>
Now, as for the attrocities that were committed by pirates, the only
difference between the pirates and the soldiers in those days of old was the
level of government sanctioning. The "civility" of military action is a
recent innovation, with the Geneva Convention Rules of War being the result.
If anyone wishes to debate this, then maybe they need to reread the
histories of war, beginning with the Old Testament, and running up through
the Albigensian Crusade. But then, why stop there? How about the Nazis, My
Lai, the Disperos in Argentina, and the "ethnic cleansings" in Iran, Bosnia
and elsewhere, in the 20th Sentury, while we are at it?
>No flame here, but I do think that we can sometimes we can get too
>concerned with political correctness.
I agree with this sentiment, and have spent a lot of lines putting in my
$2.00 worth (inflation :) railing over it. In some cases, the historically
incorrect "fantasies" are more interesting, and more palatable, than the
harsh realities, as well as being a lot less harmful to impressionable minds
than the gratuitous sex and violence on television.
<soapbox mode off>
> Personally, I don't think anyone is the worse for wear
>with a pirate theme. Perhaps an academic will get distressed at the >lack
>of historical accuracy, but hey, with the right professional help,
>they'll work through it :-)
Unfortunately, in some cases, the best professional help involves medieval
torture instruments that are now against the law ;) Seriously, we sometimes
take ourselves too seriously when we are concerned about the mental welfare
of our kids, and the fears of offending someone else's sensitivities.
The bottom line is, let the kids have their fun, and show them the harsh
realities when they are old enough to understand them in their context.
There is nothing wron with role-playing, and we can not all be the "good
Yes, Michael, I did read your last posting, and am happy to see that you were
only playing "Devil's Advocate" with your original post on this subject.
However, you did show how easily common sense can fly right out the window
in this day and age.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
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