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4.16.2006

Battlestar Galactica and the GWOT

Reading about some of the upcoming episode synopses, and thinking about what I've already seen, the entire Battlestar Galactica series is, pretty much, a commentary on the Global War on Terror. And, surprisingly enough for Hollywood, it turns out to be a pretty positive commentary. Please observe:



BSGGWOT
Monotheistic religious fanatics have no compunction about using WMDs to enact genocide against people who do not share their faith.Islamofacist extremists want to exterminate, using WMD’s, all people who do not share their belief in the PedophileProphet’s view of Allah.
Cylons will allow humans to surrender if they convert to “the one true God”.Islamofascists want to create a new worldwide caliphate, where only Islam survives.
Media is highly critical of wartime president’s decisions, whines about their patriotism being questioned every time they work to undermine the security of the fleet.Media is highly critical of wartime president’s decisions, whine about their patriotism being questioned every time they openly support the enemy and undermine national security
Most vocal critic in the media turns out to be a Cylon infiltrator.US journalists work avidly to thwart all US operations in the GWOT.
President makes some hard calls regarding prisoners, choosing forceful interrogations and termination with extreme prejudice. (Toss this thing out of the airlock.)President makes some hard calls regarding prisoners, choosing fairly weak interrogation methods, crumbling in the face of public outcry by infiltrator media.
President makes some hard calls on who should be prisoners; flimsy evidence of being a cylon usually enough to warrant much closer observation, in prison conditions.President makes some hard calls on who should be prisoners, flimsy evidence of being an Islamofascist enough to warrant closer observation, sometimes in Club Gitmo.
President’s sole concern is survival of her people, content to escape Cylons if possible, but willing to fight when backed into a corner.President’s sole concern is the survival of his people, content to escape the Islamofascists where possible, but willing to fight when backed into a corner.
Traitors within the fleet give far too much voice to a known terrorist, government capitulates in hopes that he goes away, he ends up running the show.Traitors within the country give known terrorists as much of a platform as they can; terrorists end up calling all the shots.
The stupid fucking hippies are willing to destroy the whole fleet, trying to appease an enemy that wants their annihilationThe stupid fucking hippes are willing to destroy America to appease an enemy that will only accept our total annihilation.

Now, to be honest, I figured that BSG would be trying to slam the president, ala Star Wars Episode III. However, further analysis reveals that they're actually quite sympathetic to the US and Bush. Go figure.

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