Like a broken record: Bin Laden won. No one sees it.   “We kicked his ass!  Hello, we even shot him!” Yet he emerges the victor, nonetheless.  Exactly like the Joker “loses” in THE DARK KNIGHT, but in fact, is totally victorious. If Han Solo dies shuttimg down the forcefield generator on the forest moon …
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BATMAN V SUPERMAN V BIN LADEN: There can be only one

Like a broken record: Bin Laden won.

No one sees it.  

“We kicked his ass!  Hello, we even shot him!”

Yet he emerges the victor, nonetheless.  Exactly like the Joker “loses” in THE DARK KNIGHT, but in fact, is totally victorious.

If Han Solo dies shuttimg down the forcefield generator on the forest moon of Endor, but Leia and Lando and Chewbacca still blow up the second Death Star, then Han remains on the winning side. (I know, it’s rocket science.)

Death means nothing compared to victory.

Everything Bin Laden plotted, he got.

He even got more than he planned to:

Don’t tell me he ever anticipated that America would (eagerly!, no less) tear down its greatest hero and eat it alive in the wake of Bin Laden’s scheme.  He didn’t.  Nevertheless, that’s what America did.

  There you have it.

In Bin Laden’s America, you are no longer allowed or permitted to believe in sunny optimism and kindly good cheer to all.  In Bin Laden’s America, you must submit to the Fear of the Masses, or be shunned.

“Superman was okay before September 11th, but that day changed everything.”

No, it didn’t.  It changed YOU.

I still believe that a good and kindly, hard-working and simple-living couple with wisdom and decency can raise a super-god to be a Boy Scout at heart.  

Yes, you had problems with the paradigm before 9/11, true.

And sure, America was corrupt and harder to believe in before Bin Laden struck.  Granted.  It was harder to believe that Superman would confer with Reagan or Bush or Clinton than it ever was to believe he would consult with Roosevelt or Truman or Eisenhower or Kennedy.  

But it was Bin Laden who made you decide, who made you choose, of your own volition, to no longer believe in Superman — not unless his Boy Scout decency is torn down to your level of ego and anger and narcissism.  If he is not cut down to your mental and spiritual level, even with powers intact, you will not accept; you will reject, and decline, and scoff.  

The terrorists have no power.  If they burn us alive in cages or explode nail bombs in your Starbucks, they may hasten a natural process, but they do not control it.

You will die no matter what.  The terrorists – be they Bin Laden or ISIS or the serial killers – have no power over your life.

You may be killed by an aneurysm, by a falling jet tire, by a drunk driver, by an escaped lion on the loose, by a bank robber, by a gas leak, by a serial killer, by a sinkhole, by an earthquake, or, now, by a sudden (and terrribly infrequent) terrorist attack.

You’re going to die no matter what.

Whether you die believing in Superman or not is up to you.  A clear majority have been nudged to not believe, by the victor and conqueror, Usama Bin Laden.  

No matter how great you are, you can choose to be good.  To me, this is the meaning of Superman, and it remains so.

September 11th changed nothing; it only changed you, to the extent that you allowed.

I forgive the terrorists, because they, like the Romans attending to the crucifixion, know not what they do.  Had they followed Gandhi and Martin Luther King, their victory over American imperialism would have been more complete and more historic.