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24

It’s begun again. This past weekend herald the return of one of the greatest television shows of all time…24. A friend of mine once said, “There are two types of people in this world. Those who love 24, and those who have never seen 24.” To a point, this is true.

But, sometimes, people allow there own ignorance, arrogance, or hatred to cloud their view. Since its inception, 24 has been accused of being a “conservative show.” And, anything “conservative” becomes the target of hate for the far left.

The hero of 24, Jack Bauer, frequently bends and breaks the rules to get the job done. It isn’t out of the ordinary to see Bauer using torture to get important information or stop a potential terrorist attack. Obviously, for people who are so invested in the idea that torture is never, ever acceptable under any circumstances, this plot device is a problem. To them, Jack Bauer isn’t the good guy. He is the problem. Although he is a fictional character, he represents everything that they hate. He does what is necessary to protect America.

This season is no different. Jack Bauer is still Jack Bauer. He is still a total B.A. And, he will do what is necessary. So, newspaper editorialists, liberal news commentators, and left-wing critics are labeling 24 as “conservative propaganda” and a “neocon sex fantasy.”

But, this season, critics are ratcheting up their hatred. 24 is now being accused of fear-mongering. Keith Olbermann stated on his show:

“24 is back. It dropped the bomb, literally. Al Gore makes a movie about global warming and gets smeared as a fear-monger. Fox portrays a fictionalized America riddled with terrorists, which helps keep part of the real America convinced we might really be riddled with terrorists, and it wins five Emmys and two Golden Globes? Gripping drama or thinly veiled propaganda?

It's a familiar tactic for grabbing and holding the public's attention beloved by both the Bush administration and, just as another example, Fox News Channel. Step one: fear. And if step one does not work, step two: more fear.

If that wasn't enough to scare or outrage you, the rest of the four-hour, two-night show opener featured a mall attack, a would-be suicide bomber on a subway, and a successful suicide bombing on a passenger bus. Not in places where these things have already happened, but in a country called the United States of America. In case you missed the point, the show finished up with a nuclear weapon detonating in a major American city, literally conjuring up the administration's imagery for the war in Iraq, the good old mushroom cloud.”

First of all, Al Gore’s movie was praised by the media. Those of us who understand the truth about Global Warming, and the outright lies presented in “An Inconvenient Truth,” are the ones ridiculing Gore’s film. But, I digress.

Keith tries to make the argument that 24 is fear-mongering because it pushes the “false” idea that terrorists could attack the United States. He said:

“The rest of the four-hour, two-night show opener featured a mall attack, a would-be suicide bomber on a subway, and a successful suicide bombing on a passenger bus. Not in places where these things have already happened, but in a country called the United States of America.”

So, terrorist attacks only happen in other countries. They don’t happen here. They could never hit us here. We are safe. 24 is just trying to scare us.

This outlines the very point Conservatives have been trying to make for the past 5 years. Liberals like Olbermann don’t understand our current situation (i.e. the War on Terror) because they have forgotten. They have forgotten 9/11. They live in a fantasy world where 9/11 never happened. Previous presidential administrations never considered Saddam a threat with weapons of mass destruction. Islamic fascists never hated us before Bush went into Iraq. Iran and other terrorist groups would never seek or acquire nuclear weapons. We are in our current situation because of fear. Bush wields it as his most powerful tool.

Now, 24 has joined in on the fear-mongering. We should simply ignore it. It could never happen.

Yes, the events of 24 are fictional. Yes, it is presented in a highly dramatized way. But, the bottom line is that terrorists have hit us. Five years ago, they killed 3,000 of our civilians. They used our own planes as weapons against innocent Americans. 9/11 wasn’t fiction. They struck. And, they can do it again.

But, Olbermann, and those like him, have forgotten about 9/11. Any reminders of it are labeled as scare tactics and propaganda. Any messages (fictional or otherwise) that we must fight those who seek to destroy us are called brainwashing.

Keith, leave your head buried in the sand if you want. The rest of us who still understand the post-9/11 world will continue to stand against those who seek our destruction.

And, we will continue to appreciate one the most-entertaining shows on television.

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