The story of Belgian control of the Congo is a horrible one, told compellingly by Adam Hochschild in King Leopold’s Ghost. If you care at all about the subject I recommend it. But this post is about something lighter. One of my favorite lines in popular music, it makes me laugh every time I hear, sing or just think about it, comes from Billy Joel’s awful song We Didn’t Start the Fire. If, amazingly, you don’t know it it’s mostly a chronological recitation of people and events from the fifties on to, whenever, and at one point the song rises to a crescendo as Billy angrily belts out “BELGIANS IN THE CONGO!” Fucking love it. Enjoy.