At a time when the world is in a highly volatile and unpredictable state in terms of the likelihood and probability of terrorist attacks, the best fictional series chronicling these developments has taken a turn for the worse. Spawning from the way over the top “24″ which had little semblance to any realism, but was admittedly riveting in it’s fanciful fantasy, Homeland, for a while had me going, but as recently as yesterday it has devolved into a second rate soap opera.
There is no question that the United States homeland today is in serious risk of any number of terrorist attacks and though we have been lucky in the past few years, there have been some attacks inside our borders from Islamic motivated operatives. It would be nice to know that our government or at least our fictional creators had a semblance of a clue as to what the real threat is. The central theme of Homeland is that the main threat from Islamic terror to the contiguous United States is from Shia Islam’s Iran. There is less than zero evidence of this absurd plot line, though this storyline does mirror the present failed foreign policy of the Obama administration. The scientific proof of this failure is the administration’s embarrassing retreat from supporting Al Qaeda backed rebel forces in Syria. Yet Homeland continues down the discredited Iranian bogeyman path. The most recent real life terrorist attack occurred in Kenya from an Al Qaeda backed terrorist group. The worst attack on American soil came at the hands of Al Qaeda backed terrorists largely from the Wahhabi sect of the House of Saud. This terrorism cell was spawned from Sunni Islam. The tired and discredited theme of Homeland, that the greatest worldwide and US terrorist threat comes from Shia Islam and Iranian intelligence is the absolute silliest fictional plot line I have seen on film or television in at least thirty years.
Claire Danes is a brilliant actress but cannot prop up a dying series when the plot makes no realistic sense. She and the American people deserve more. The real life issues are far too important. I will be tuning out of Homeland. How about you?
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