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September 24, 2004

Superheroes

The Boston Globe reports on a peculiar attempt to use "superheroes as role models for people in the Middle East, presenting the West with a more positive image of the region." Hey AK Comics, here's a tip. If you want to change my impression of the Egyptian media as a festering pit of vicious anti-semitism unseen since 1930s Germany you might reconsider casting your villains as the "Army of Zios".

Kandeel concedes that Zios could be seen as a shortened form of Zionist. ''It was not meant to be anything so obvious or so crystal, but maybe that's what they had in mind," he said, adding that the identities of the adversaries were not his idea.

And then... Something else I meant to mention. I do not believe I am first in the tin-foil hat line but this outfit looks like a CIA operation to me. So, CIA, here's a tip: when fighting the covert battle for hearts and minds the best targets are your buddies in your fascist Egyptian client government. Some repulsive portrayal of moral equivalence between the terrorists and the Israeli military only perpetuates the lies and distractions every Arab dictatorship uses to justify its own existence.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 24, 2004 08:28 AM

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