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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:25 AM
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Battlestar Galacticons: The right's scary affinity for sci-fi foreign policy punditry
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Battlestar Galacticons
A close look at the right's scary affinity for sci-fi foreign policy punditry.

By Brad Reed
Web Exclusive: 10.27.06

As the midterm elections approach, many conservatives are feeling betrayed by one of their most important allies in the war on terror: Battlestar Galactica.

Over the sci-fi show's first two seasons, many conservatives saw it as a pitch-perfect metaphor for the United States post-9/11 battle against Osama bin Laden and his Muslamonazi horde. Galactica, which has become something of a surprise hit on the Sci Fi Channel, takes place in a post-apocalyptic universe where humanity has been decimated by a nuclear strike launched by an enemy race of robots known as the Cylons. Most of the action revolves around a noble band of 50,000 survivors who hurtle through space searching for a new home planet. Along the way, they have had to deal with Cylon sleeper agents, suicide bombers, and even a sinister pack of left-wingers who use violence to try to force humanity to make peace with their enemies.

The more I watch the new Battlestar Galactica series, the more the Cylons seem like Muslims, wrote Michael, the author of the Battlestar Galactica Blog, back in March. They believe they are killing humans for their god. This is very much like the Muslim concept of jihad, which instructs Muslims to spread their religion through war.

National Reviews Jonah Goldberg, who writes regularly about Galacticas politics on NROs group blog, The Corner, also picked up on parallels between the show and the war on terror. Goldberg took particular glee in attacking Galacticas anti-war movement, which he said consisted of radical peaceniks and peace-terrorists who are clearly a collection of whack jobs, fifth columnists and idiots. Goldberg also praised several characters for trying to rig a presidential election. I liked that the good guys wanted to steal the election and, it turns out, they were right to want to, wrote Goldberg. Stolen elections, evil robots, crazed hippies what more could a socially inept right-winger want from a show?

But alas, this love affair between Galactica and the right was not to last: in its third season, the show has morphed into a stinging allegorical critique of Americas three-year occupation of Iraq. The trouble started at the end of the second season, when humanity briefly escaped the Cylons and settled down on the tiny planet of New Caprica. The Cylons soon returned and quickly conquered the defenseless humans. But instead of slaughtering everyone, the Cylons decided to take a more enlightened path by benevolently occupying the planet and imposing their preferred way of life by gunpoint. The humans were predictably not enthused about their allegedly altruistic rulers, and they immediately launched an insurgency against them using improvised explosive devices and suicide bombers. Needless to say, this did not go over very well in the Galacticon camp.


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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:44 AM
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1. Right wing nuts have tried to hijack every aspect . . .
of popular culture -- or kill it if it rubbed 'em the wrong way. I don't find their exhortations on BG to be especially compelling. BG's moral universe is highly complex and ambiguous in the extreme. Cylons and humans alike can be tarred with the terrorist brush.

However, having watched a panel discussion with the show's creators and stars, it's pretty clear that this season is directly influenced by the disaster in Iraq. And they don't approve.
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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:33 AM
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2. Is it wrong to want to waterboard Jonah Goldberg?
I suspect he knows something incriminating to his mom and Linda Tripp in the Lewinski 'scandal', and by his logic it's the best way to find out.

That, and he's a total douchebag.
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