After the wall fell down and the cold war had finally come to a close, America had one, maybe two years of blissful peace. The bad guys and the good guys became friends. The fear of communism and nuclear holocausts had been squelched. Why didn't it last though? Why didn't my generation ever get to experience this? Why didn't America--and the world--follow the universally heard sigh of relief with decades of happy peace? Because the clear enemy had been blurred and people got scared.
For almost fifty years, we--along with most everyone else--knew who the good guys were, and who the bad guys were. They even had a name: communists. It was great. "You stay over there under the banner of 'bad' and we'll stand over here under our banner of 'good,' we'll flex our nuclear arms at each other (that we both know we won't use) and at the end of the decade, we'll shake hands and call each other and talk about Berlin." Those were the days.
Now things aren't quite so easy. With the consummation of the cold war came an identity crisis for America. Because what is Batman without Joker? Nothing. He's just an overly manicured stud in a ridiculous costume rescuing attractive women from burning buildings. Well we have firemen for that. No one likes a good-looking hero unless he is saving the world.
Finding a Bad Guy
So we had to find a new arch nemesis and his name is terrorism, and he's about as abstract as Pollock. He doesn't have a country, or even a clear definition. In fact, the definition of terrorism stands as "a person who terrorizes or frightens others." So, by definition, my Professor when she told me the only way I was going to get a B in her class was to get a 100% on my final, was committing terrorism. Well put campus on code red and invade the Ricks building.
The point is, is that I miss the good ol' days of the cold war. Worldwide tension that came served like a chilled drink with a side of better economics. A world where batman is sexy and useful, but most of all, a world where the lines between good and bad are as clear as a curtain... maybe even one made out of iron or something.