Jan 15 2007
LJStrata and I are avid 24 fans and awaited with great anticipation the start of “Day 6″. I find it truly interesting (and very helpful to our society’s current debates) that this season’s threat is terrorists. There are arguments on both sides of every aspect of the ongoing real world debate reflected in the show already. Such as how much freedom to sacrifice, how much profiling to support, etc. What I like about 24 is it poses tough questions where neither side is all right or all wrong – both have some merit and are in total opposition.
Intersting for this season we have the terrorists now here in the US with regular attacks. That is one possible future we face, especially if we lose Iraq to the insurgents. Right now the insurgents are totally occupied trying to eject “The Great Satan” from the land of their caliphate, and its capitol: Ramadi, Iraq. If we let off the pressure America and Europe would be in the middle of the Jihad as it reached our streets.
It is also interesting to see the duality of the terrorists in the characters Assad and Zayed. Can terrorists have a change of heart and try to bring about an end to the killing? We will face that question more than once I suspect. And 24 will, I am sure, give us some things to think about for when we face that decision.
The internal political pressures that surround the question of profiling are also important. I am not sure who the little squirrely guy is who keeps planning for internment – but I know who he is supposed to represent. I think it is clear we cannot ever round up people based on unsubstantiated doubts tied to religion, ethnicity or looks. That is brought home by the irony of the terrorist collaborator’s father being taken, instead of the young terrorist himself. I agree we will need help from everyone living here if we end up battling it out on our streets.
It think it is good to see the debate between assisting law enforcement and fighting it for no real good reason. Of course this is all a preset story line, but it does point out that to participate in helping authorities is not bad or wrong or giving up a right. With that said, we can all see the FBI heading for a disaster in over reacting to someone’s right to privacy. Destroying evidence is a crime and so all of the angles to that part of the story make some sense – though I think this will be the one angle that could be misplayed by the writers.
We shall see. But what is always great about 24 is it makes us think hard about questions and situations which are not clear. Enjoy the discussion, I am looking forward to reading what people thought of the first two hours. Let’s try and be civil in our disagreements though – can we?