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Tuesday, July 12, 2005 

Anti-war positions expressed in a children's comic book

Here's something to think about: are even comics drawn from Saturday morning cartoons safe from anti-war propaganda? The answer: probably not, as this review of Justice League Unlimited #4, written by the ultra-establishment Don MacPherson of the Fourth Rail, shows:
"What makes this story work is the plausible premise. A young man rejects the notion that his people must rely on an outsider for peace, for justice. The plot unfolds in a corny way, but the message is a solid one. The idea Beechen explores here is one of the reasons there is resistance in Iraq to U.S. efforts to bring democracy to the country. The people feel the Americans have usurped control of their destiny, and that's why they're treated as enemies as opposed to being perceived as the heroes the Bush administration wants them to be."
Now this begs the question: what's so wrong with being a hero? Or, what's so wrong about being law-abiding? And who says that it's just and only the Bush administration that wants the Iraqis to be heroes? And how do we know that they don't want to be? And, what planet does MacPherson come from, for heaven's sake?

This is one of the most bewildering opinions I've ever seen, making it sound as if being good is wrong. It's practically mind-numbing. But worst of all, is that this should be taking place in a child-geared comic book.

It's just like they say: comics are no longer safe for kids.

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