Superheroes Versus Anti-heroes
by Saab Lofton
"How we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him and dumped his body in the Atlantic? Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden's ..."
--Professor Noam Chomsky
We the people were expected to react like Pavlov's dog and squeal like groupies simply because Osama bin Laden was executed in order to avenge the deaths of 9-11, but I say thee NAY! So three thousand people died that day -- so the fuck what ..?
"All over the world 24,000 people, mostly children, die from poverty every day. This is the true terrorism, and it is aided and abetted by politicians from rich, privileged and powerful countries who, in the cause of profit and feigning respectability, are salesmen of death. Their victims, and the rest of us, deserve better."
--John Pilger, the world's most acclaimed journalist
... 24,000 every 24 hours -- that's a thousand people per hour -- where's the anger over THAT? Are we going to execute the motherfuckers responsible for THAT?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
The Bible says to be fruitful and multiply, but that was written back when Earth's population numbered in the hundreds of thousands instead of BILLIONS, so until Humans can colonize planets a la Zefram Cochrane, y'all should keep your legs closed -- no matter how afraid you are of having descendants who resemble Halle Berry ... Besides, the execution of Osama bin Laden is proof that Human life ain't taken seriously anyway. I mean, if life is truly precious, it should be treated as such, except it's NOT -- at least, not in real life ...
... in fiction, it's a different story (no pun intended). Why? When Batman debuted in 1939, the character was depicted killing villains. Then in 1940, a great man named Whitney Ellsworth (1908 - 1980) took over DC Comics and declared that superheroes must use NON-lethal tactics/weaponry ONLY. Ellsworth's legacy can still be seen in movies such as Batman Begins ...
BRUCE WAYNE: No. I'm no executioner.
THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS: Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.
BRUCE WAYNE: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them ... I will go back to Gotham and I will fight men like this, but I will not become an executioner.
... so by forbidding the world's most popular fictional characters from murdering their enemies, Whitney Ellsworth did as much to increase the value of Human life as any doctor, preacher or firefighter. Here, check out this scene from the 2010 animated feature, Under the Red Hood ...
Jason Todd: I would've done nothing but search the planet for this pathetic pile of evil death-worshiping garbage and sent [The Joker] off to Hell.
Batman: You don't understand. I don't think you ever understood.
Jason Todd: What? Your moral code just won't allow for that? It's too hard to cross that line?
Batman: No. God Almighty, no. It'd be too damned easy. All I've ever wanted to do is kill [The Joker]. A day doesn't go by I don't think about subjecting him to every horrendous torture he's dealt out to others ... but if I do that; if I allow myself to go down into that place, I'll never come back.
... unfortunately, America HAS "gone down into that place" -- and while Batman's compassion separates him from his foes, all too many Americans sadly view The Dark Knight as naïve and lenient, hence the popularity of The Punisher from Marvel Comics, an anti-hero who slaughters mobsters.
You caN'T have it both ways, America! Want to win hearts and minds; want to be considered one of the good guys? Then you HAVE to be a superhero, NOT an anti-hero!
What's worse, those who're deathly afraid of being indicted for their involvement in Human rights nightmares like Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay are currently spreading LIES about how torture supposedly revealed Osama bin Laden's whereabouts. Of course, this is 100% pure, uncut BULLSHIT ...
"If the CIA's interrogation was all it took, the U.S. government would have succeeded in locating bin Laden before 2006, which is when the CIA's custody of so-called 'high-value detainees' ended ... This timeline doesn't seem to provide a lot of support for the pro-torture narrative ... If so-called 'enhanced interrogations' provided the magic silver bullet, then the CIA might have wrapped this up back in 2003, while they were waterboarding the 9-11 mastermind a hundred and eighty-three times."
--Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 5/2/11
... but let's pretend for a fraction of a millisecond there's a sub-microscopic smidgen of truth to these fallacious claims. If so, I'll retort by quoting Popeye of all icons, who once wisely stated, "Wrong is wrong even if it helps you."
That's certainly worth repeating: "Wrong is wrong even if it helps you."
While right-wing skkkum are influenced by that racist John Wayne, I on the other hand am influenced by the very BEST that pop culture has to offer. If those Navy SEALs who executed Osama bin Laden were as well trained as they're reported to be, then this ALLEGED terrorist could've just as soon been CAPTURED ALIVE and made to stand trial -- what better way to discover whether 9-11 was an inside job ..?