Here is a list of historical figures whom I consider rebels, revolutionaries and heroes for freedom. Some of you at first glance may be tempted to disagree based on the reports that you may have heard about these characters. I would ask you to hold your judgement until you do some research. A good place to start is by googling the person’s name plus the word “hero”. This post was inspired by two figures who were vilified by a greater power that wanted to impose its might and power upon the perceived weaker. Vercingetorix, number 1 on the list, was a Gallic (Gaelic, Celtic) chieftain in France when Julius Caesar–to bolster his military strength and reputation–sought to subjugate the Gallic and Celtic “barbarian” (read: non-Roman) tribes. Caesar treated him as a villain and then starved his whole village into eventual surrender.
The second character that inspired this post is Ho Chi Minh, or “Uncle Ho” as he was known to the common folk of Vietnam. Before what Americans would eventually call the “Vietnam War”, Ho, a college-educated Vietnamese man, who studied in Europe and was by all means a self-made man, petitioned then U.S. President Harry Truman for help in defending against the colonial oppression of the French & Dutch. Ho admired the rebels of the American Revolution and felt that America would surely support Vietnam in its fight for independence. That did not happen. So without the support of the USA, and in fact with America supporting their oppressors, the French, Ho almost single-handedly started a resistance–like a freekin’ ninja! Thus was born, through I believe America’s corruption and rejection of the appeals of an oppressed people for help, one of the greatest enemies of American and the world the 20th century has known. I dare you to research these figures and change your minds about who you think they are.