Candorville (5/10/09)

05-10-09 (Candorville)

Like a lot of Americans, I was relieved when President Obama authorized a team of Navy SEALs to rescue the captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship from a trio of Somali pirates. The rescue came as a clear-cut victory for the good guys over the bad guys, especially given our military’s difficult and seemingly intractable assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. And while I imagined there was more to the story of modern-day piracy than I had seen in my local newspapers, I didn’t come across any meaningful context until reading today’s Candorville. This strip serves the same function as an informative and passionate op-ed article. It’s even reminiscent of the best of The Boondocks, which also presented pertinent facts and unpopular perspectives that were sorely lacking from the news and opinion pages.

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