America Uses Superman to Promote its Fascist Agenda
By Dr. Haider Mehdi
June 29, 2006
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It may be news to foreign policy Pundits in Islamabad as well as
to the majority of readers that Superman, the highly coveted American film
hero, is an expression and a creation of fascist minds rooted in a political
culture that epitomizes power and the use of force.
Superman: 'Violating every
known law of physics'
This is so, as Superman alters the nature of reality and creates a
reality of his own, which defies human understanding and logic. He also
violates every rule of physics and all scientific principles known to humanity.
The notion of Superman is based on the idea of a battle between "good vs. evil,"
from an exclusively American perspective, where the battle always demonstrates
an external threat to American society and its people.
In the end, obviously, "good" prevails and America is
saved. What could be more virtuous than that? Superman is naturally and
invariably a white male, handsome, debonair, brave, moral, and kind, potent,
exciting, loving, and capable of generating ecstasy at the touch of a finger.
And of course, he is in love with a white female equally kind-hearted, devoted,
beautiful, loving, noble, pious, pure, and honorable – and together the pair fights
the "evil-doers" to ultimate victory for "good," and lives
in love and peace thereafter.
Filmgoers, overwhelmed with the human emotions of goodness and a
sense of envy (I wish I were like him) just like the foreign policy Pundits in
Islamabad, applaud and go home happily, little realizing that they have all been
fooled. The momentary experience of the film is not only an entertainment
odyssey - it is in fact a well-planned and well-administered dose of
indoctrination into the American ideology of "demon-hunting," "external
threats," the use of force and the obsession with power.
No wonder then that at the height of Bush's neo-con-manufactured
war on the so-called terrorism of Islamic militants, Superman is back with a "bang"
in American movie theaters. "Superman Returns," which opens in the
United States this week, is receiving knock-out reviews from critics and is winning
over audiences as the latest crime-fighting, evil-smashing, and sincere "Man
How else would America express its solidarity with the Bush Administration
and its faith-oriented politics? Indeed, the concept of Superman can only be
explained by unflinching faith - absolute faith that transcends ideas and is
based on unshakable convictions and messianic notions that overwhelm the need
for analysis. Superman is absolutely unreal, and yet he is admired for the
deeds he performs. It all boils down to the promotion of Bush's fascist
doctrine, both inside and outside America.
Superman is not the only entertainment available from American that
promotes Bush's agenda of aggression against a self-perceived evil world, which
is out to destroy America and its values.
A Los Angeles-based company, Pandemic Studios, has just developed
a video game, "Mercenaries 2," which features mercenaries invading
Venezuela to guarantee oil supplies for the United States.
The game graphically depicts Caracas being engulfed in flames after
aerial bombardment, even depicting the logo of Venezuela's national oil
company. Given Venezuela's desire to press for an independent foreign policy
and a domestic agenda free of the heavy-handed treatment once meted out by the
U.S., the development of "Mercenaries 2" is not accidental. It
certainly shows the psychotic and fascist ideas that underlie the fundamentals
of American thinking in the contemporary Bush era.
In a remarkable recent article, Professor Adel Safety, UNESCO
Chair of Leadership and President of the School of Government at Bahcesehir
University, Istanbul , concludes that ideologues of the Bush regime propound fascist ideas without
claiming to be fascist.
Here, I will summarize Professor Safety's thesis:
Bush, himself, is driven by an absolute sense of "faith"
which overrides rationality and analysis. In doing so, the American President
believes that he is ordained to carry out divine will. Referring to the Iraq
invasion, Bush told Bob Woodward, "Going into this period, I was praying
for strength to do the Lord's will." Absolute religious extremism, isn't
Safety's article quotes a summer 2004 issue of Daedalus, in which professor
of constitutional law, Sanford Levinson, writes, "… Carl Schmitt , the
leading Nazi German philosopher, is the real source of inspiration of the Bush
regime." Schmitt held the view that in politics, "the ultimate
distinction is between friend and foe. And this comes before … any notion of
justice and morality."
Carl Schmitt, left, and Leo Strauss: providing
the framework for Bush Administration fascism?
[Leo Strauss ]
Hence, this helps us understand Bush's categorical declaration and
demand for absolute submission by other nations to the American foreign policy
agenda, for example when he said that nations are either with "us" or
with "them," meaning if a nation is not with the U.S., then it is
America's enemy. This also illustrates Bush's doctrine of the pre-emptive and
unilateral use of force against any actual or perceived adversary. By any
measure, this is a truly fascist position to hold in a system of competing
nation-states when, at our present stage of human development, the emphasis
should be on dialogue and collaborative decision-making.
The analysis offered by Professor Safety explains how Leo Strauss
Professor at the University of Chicago in the 1970s, had a "powerful
influence over the thinking of the Bush regime." Strauss, a protégé of Carl
been described as the "Fascist godfather of the neocons."
Strauss's doctrine advocated a truly "Machiavellian approach
to politics and foreign policy," completely devoid of morality and ethics.
Strauss believed that "a stable political order required an external
threat and that if such a threat doesn't exist, one should be manufactured."
Safety further states that "Strauss has directly influenced some of the
leading ideologues in the Bush administration:
Paul Wolfowitz, the architect of the Iraq War, and Abram Shulsky,
the director of the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, set up by Douglas Feith
to produce its own evidence to bolster the case for war. Both Wolfowitz and
Shulsky studied under Strauss at the University of Chicago in the 1970s."
It is in this framework that a connection between the Bush Administration's
thinking and its global foreign policy agenda can be made and explained.
It seems that pundits in Islamabad, the architects of Pakistan's
foreign policy, pride themselves on conducting the country's foreign affairs on
the basis of Realpolitik. But the issue inherent in Pakistan's contemporary
domestic and foreign policy is that it is aligned with the fascist doctrine
promoted by the U.S., which is hell-bent on carrying out an agenda aimed at
global instability, war, and the promotion of conflict around the world. How
can this be justified by Pakistan and its decision makers?
It is obvious that Pakistan is also out of sync in the way it
conducts its domestic war against so-called terrorism, when the task is to
achieve close human interaction and dialogue to resolve issues between several
adversaries. How long will Pakistan continue in this wrong direction?
Indeed, the majority of people around the world, especially the
Muslim world, harbir reasonable doubt as to the American version of how 9/11
happened. Similarly, Iraq was most definitely for the purpose of manufacturing
enemies for the U.S.
The question that begs an immediate answer and change in course from
Pakistan is: How much longer can Pakistan support America's line in the "war
on terrorism," which was artificially manufactured by the United States?
It is also clear that a similar doctrine of manufacturing enemies is
being followed in Islamabad's corridors power. But the more pressing matter is
to find a strategy that will disengage Pakistan from the fraudulent, fascist-oriented
ideology of the American regime. Pakistan can no longer afford killing its own
people under the pretext of a war on terrorism.
Philosophers since ancient times have maintained that knowledge is
power - and the power of knowledge can set us free. It would be instructive for
Islamabad's pundits to heed this wisdom.