UkrainianInstituteOfAmerica (2)The scene outside the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York today.

A comic book auction was being held inside while a coup was taking place in Kiev. The U.S. and E.U. are interfering on the side of the thugs — with the Molotov Cocktails.

More than a few U.S. diplomats, and their political bosses, look at the world through the eyes of Superman.

In his book “Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero,” Danny Fingeroth presents Dr. Fredric Wertham’s critique of superhero comics from the standpoint of psychoanalysis.

“Wertham’s problem with comics stemmed from the fact that many of the troubled, violent children and teenagers he saw in his practice were comics readers.”

Superman, (with the big S on his uniform—we should, I suppose, be thankful that it is not an S.S.) needs an endless stream of ever new submen, criminals, and “foreign-looking” people not only to justify his existence but even to make it possible. It is this feature that engenders in children either one or the other of two attitudes: either they fantasy themselves as supermen…or it makes them submissive and receptive to the blandishments of strong men who will solve all their problems for them—by force.

In these children there is an exact parallel to the blunting of sensibilities in the direction of cruelty that has characterized a whole generation of central European youth fed on the Nietzsche-Nazi myth of the exceptional man who is beyond good and evil. Fredric Wertham

With the world’s Supermen (and women) fanning the flames of revolt, these words of Lincoln are more true than ever: “There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.” Abraham Lincoln

Superman wanna bees should be restrained and hospitalized — not allowed to direct U.S. foreign policy.

Photograph: Stephen Wise