In the latest news, we discover that Marvel Comics -- the folks who brought us Captain America, Spider-Man and the X-Men -- is apparently going to team up with the United Nations in an effort to "improve the image" of that pustulant pesthole on the East River.
You'll pardon me if I'm really not sure how to "improve the image" of that pack of parasitic pismires.
Seriously, how do you put a positive spin on the Rape for Food incidents in the Congo?
The UN insists on installing the worst violators of human rights on it's Commission on Human Rights -- how are you supposed to put a positive spin on that?
You can at least make fun of the rampant bribery, feather-bedding and nepotism, but the United Nations has been complicit in the deaths of millions throughout the world -- how do you "improve" those facts?
Will they have Spider-man drive the UN ambulance that transported armed Palestinian gunmen and munitions to avoid the Israeli military?
Will they have Captain America throw North Korean defectors out of the United Nations Refugee office in Beijing, so that they may be delivered back to North Korea for execution?
Considering that the comic book is going to be distributed for free to schoolchildren in the United States, we have a sneaking suspicion that this is less about "improving the image" of the United Nations in adults, and more about making the United Nations a familiar part of our children's lives.
After all, why try to fight the current distrust of the U.N., when you can fool the next generation into trusting them?
Something I find to be distasteful in the extreme.
Your mileage may vary, of course.