Thursday, May 20, 2010

Anti-American Art: Scary Big Bird

Here's a Cuban OSPAAAL poster dating from the 1989 American attack on Panama ordered by George Bush I to depose its president Manuel Noriega, arrogantly and self-servingly entitled "Operation Just Cause." "Panama: To Resist Is To Win." Noriega was a vaguely nationalist left-talking corrupt puppet of the US who got out of hand; Panama of course is the northern part of Colombia the US chopped off a hundred years ago to provide a more pliant local partner for its canal building and land grabbing. Corrupt Noriega or no, it's not hard to understand how offensive the American power grab was and why Cuba would have urged Panamanian resistance. Wikipedia has a discussion of the Panamanian casualties, estimates varying between a couple hundred and a few thousand.

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