“..Are Romney and Obama proposing foreign policy based on what’s happening in the real world -
- or are they just reacting to events in the current season of “Homeland”?
As viewers of that highly addictive, Emmy-winning Showtime melodrama know -
- “Homeland” paints a distorted – funhouse-mirror portrait of current events -
- infused not just with a hysterical level of anti-Muslim – anti-Arab paranoia – but also with a current of bodice-ripping eroticism.
We have a hunky, brooding United States congressman who is both a closeted Muslim and an agent of al-Qaida – or rather of the seamless web of Islamic terror that – in this entirely fictional universe – unites the disparate forces of al-Qaida – Palestinian militia groups – and the Iranian regime –
- and who is entangled in star-crossed-lovers fashion – with a blonde, skinny, startled-looking CIA agent battling bipolar disorder.
If the series is vastly more sophisticated and less jingoistic than Fox’s Bush-era “24” -
- its relationship to realism is about the same.
Both shows depict something accurately – but it isn’t the real or plausible world.
Instead, it’s the disordered collective psychology of America -
- with its combination of superiority complex – persecution mania – and paranoid delusion…”
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