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Monday, January 03, 2005

When you hear terrorist, you think...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is upset because the popular TV series 24, in its new season's plot line, has a Muslim family which turns out to be a sleeper cell for a terrorist organization.

"At first I was shocked," organization spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed told the New York Daily News. "In this particular case, they show an American-Muslim family and they portray them as terrorists."

Well, do you want a realistic plot, or not? That's what it comes down to.

I don't complain when the movies or television portray an embezzler as a white man. I don't complain how every Bond-level villain plotting world conquest is a rich white man. And any crime series focused on the rough streets of a large American city that showed all criminals as whites would be stretching the bounds of believability.

There are other terrorist organizations. However, I have not heard of the Irish Republican Army or Basque separatists staging terrorist attacks in America. Only Muslims fit that bill.

I long for the day when CAIR devotes its time to condemning Islamic terrorists, Islamic dictators who deny their nation's people basic civil rights, and Islamic nations that prefer to keep Palestinians living in squalor to score political points with the Western media.


At 9:09 AM, Blogger LeperColony said...

I'm not so sure the people of Oklahoma would agree that "only muslims fit the bill", but I'm inclined to agree with your general sentiment because I think people are generally too whiney about this kind of stuff anyway.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger gecko said...

I would have to agree with you, Greg. Do you remember the uproar over True Lies? That was even before 9/11.

From the fringe, I once looked up info on the American terrorists being held without promise of release anytime soon and came across a site that explained the whole story of Jose Padilla, the Muslim convert. There was even a comparison photo of him next to the forgotten third man from the Oklahoma City bombing incident...

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Greg said...

As for LeperColony's comment, the comment was related to terrorist organizations, not individual terrorists, and I haven't heard Timothy McVeigh claim allegiance to any terrorist organization. But you do have a point, in that a Muslim terrorist organization could recruit a white American. Gecko alluded to the rumored Arab third terrorist, a subject we may never know the truth behind. It's just less likely to see a white terrorist working for Muslim terrorists, and it would strike a large portion of the viewing audience as PC run mad.

Two movies for which I hated politically correct changes: The Sum of All Fears, changing Muslim terrorist to neo-Nazi terrorists; and Jurassic Park, which swapped the ages of the boy and girl, presumably to have a strong female character. There was no point to these changes. It didn't make the movies better.

At 11:52 PM, Blogger gecko said...

Although I read the book, (Sum of All Fears) I hadn't considered the change in the movie. It wasn't a very good adaption.

No wonder not many more of Tom Clancey's books are being adapted; the enemy is either our best friend or our current enemy.


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