A metaphor I'm sure we'd rather not be bothered with
Or course, another reading may see Atlantis as Palestine. Or Iran. Or the USA itself. Cold War aspects given a new relevance due to international relations in the Middle East.Bleah. Don't be surprised if this could be a potential metaphor for the "Arab spring" in the worst ways possible too. If Atlantis is supposed to serve as a possible metaphor for those, even that would only be reason to dread with a writer as repellant as Johns helming the story. One sure thing, please avoid his past writings like the Flash work he did, and also his early work on Green Lantern, which is just as repellant.
It's also quite galling how a man like Johns with terrible ideas for what makes entertainment is forcing his visions on Jewish creations (Aquaman creator Mort Weisinger was).