(nodding seriously) I understand. Earlier this week, Cartoon Network showed as part of its daily morning lineup two episodes featuring Team Galactic’s attack on the Celestic Town Historical Research Center and theft of the Adamant and Lustrous Orbs. Cyrus believes that combining these orbs with Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf’s power will enable him to bring forth Dialga and Palkia and create a new world. The first time I saw this open declaration against the Pokémon world that Ash and Dawn know and love, an unsettling sense that Cyrus’ agenda sounded eerily familiar to me shot onto the surface of my mind, and sure enough, that familiarity came from the following column written by one Charles Krauthammer exactly four years ago today.:
Washington Post: Charles Krauthammer: In Iran, Arming for Armageddon
As it turned out, Cyrus’ apocalyptic agenda bore a rather eerie resemblance to that of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who believes that acquiring nuclear bombs to wipe Israel and America off the map will enable him to bring forth the Twelfth Imam and create his own new world order. You may assume that as a consequence, I consider bravery and confidence similar to what Ash and Dawn have between each other to be vitally important in countering villainy as terrible as that which Team Galactic seeks to unleash on Sinnoh. What would you think, if I may ask?