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I guess I might pick these two up, I dropped almost all X related stuff other than X-factor awhile back. The last couple of years haven't been the best.

Troy Powell

Awesome article, been thinking about writing an essay on the politics of Utopia. You're article definitely added to that inspiration. Not entirely convinced about Cyclops new stance.

Sean Anderson

I LOVED this issue. "We will never be victims again." Kieron Gillen managed to turn the post-decimation X-Men into the state of Israel.

I don't see why you call Uncanny's renumbering and a few other things stupid though. If anything is deserving of the term "All-new, all-different" (another famous re-launch w/ accompanying no.1) it's this.

Doctor Memory

"If we're going to be considered a rogue state, well, what's the difference between Iraq and North Korea?" Cyclops asks. "Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction."

In "fairness", a land invasion of NK would have been a nightmare scenario even before the DPRK got nukes. The north side of the DMZ is one of the most heavily fortified places on earth, and the NK army is well dug into the mountain ranges. And you wouldn't have had the luxury, like Iraq, of quietly building up all of your forces and picking your start date: a sudden movement of US forces into the area with known-hostile intent would provoke an immediate reaction, and you'd suddenly be attempting an amphibious+air insertion under fire, while meanwhile the NK artillery is busily reducing the 6th-largest economy and 3rd-largest city in the world to rubble behind you. And that's even assuming that China would tolerate US military adventurism along its border, which they almost certainly would not.

...which is not to take away from Cyclops' main point: the weak get picked on, and the strong left alone. It's just that WMDs really were never the, uh, x-factor in the decision.

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