Wednesday, February 07, 2007

An Unlikely Apologist for "24" and Real-Life Bauers

Emilio Karim Dabul, an Arab-American fan of "24," makes a compelling case for the show's depiction of terrorists in today's Opinion Journal. Here's a sample of his clear thinking:
Most of the terrorists represented in "24" through the years have been Arab Muslims. Why? Well, probably because most terrorists today are, in fact, Arab Muslims. As a descendant of Syrian Muslims, I am very well aware that the majority of Muslims world-wide are peaceful, hard working, and law abiding. That still does not change the fact that the greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. today comes not from the ETA, the IRA, etc., but from one group: Islamic terrorists.

And this is what makes "24" a compelling drama every week. Instead of pretending Islamic terrorists don't exist, the show presents frighteningly real worst-case scenarios perpetrated by Osama bin Laden's followers. So CAIR thinks it's over the top for the terrorists in "24" to blow up Los Angeles with a nuke? Please, if bin Laden and his crew had nukes, most of us would be way too dead to argue over such points.
The entire essay is no longer available at Opinion Journal but can be read in its entirety here.

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