January 11, 2010, - 4:53 pm

Another Sign He Jumped the Shark: Jack Bauer Pimps Palestinian State & Iran

By Debbie Schlussel

Sunday Night marks the debut of what is supposed to be the last season of “24.”  As longtime readers know, I long ago lost interest in this show.  It jumped the shark, and it’s grown tiresome to watch the stupid plot twists as writers and producers do a myriad of script contortions to avoid making Muslims the terrorists.

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“PC 24″ by David Lunde/Lundesigns

As I’ve noted, after the first few seasons, “24” went out of its way to make sure we knew that every Islamic terrorist is really just the puppet of the evil White man.  Yup, even Jack Bauer’s father and bro were the terrorists.  Because that’s more believable than a guy with a name like Mohammed Atta or Nidal Malik Hasan or Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab actually being the terrorist.  That would never happen in real life, right?  And I’ve noted how the “24” gang capitulated to CAIR and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council), and had star Kiefer Sutherland read us some BS warning about how all American Muslims are peaceful and support our efforts in the war on terror.  Uh-huh.  Sure they do.  He sounded like a trained monkey who didn’t really believe it, but wanted to collect his banana.

So, enter this season.  The good guy in this one is an Islamic leader who is a peaceful man–a good guy, who out of the goodness of his decent heart supports a “two-state solution” a/k/a amputating Israel into a Palestinian State and out of existence.  ‘Cuz ya know–at least in the minds of “24” writers and producers–that’s a “moderate,” “peaceful” thing to support.  Blechhh.  Didn’t we already see this plot on “24” just two seasons or so ago?

Even worse, I’m saddened to find out that the “Islamic leader” is played by one of my favorite foreign actors, Indian star Anil Kapoor, who played the host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in the 2008 hit movie, “Slumdog Millionaire.”  (As a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, I voted for Kapoor as Best Supporting Actor in 2008.)  Say it ain’t so, Anil.

Oh, and by the way, this peaceful Mid-East Muslim leader is supposed to be a kinder, gentler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  He’s Prez of the “Islamic Republic,” usually a reference to Iran, and he’s ready to give up his nukes.  Geez, Jack Bauer’s been doing too many mushrooms or crack.  According to a blurb in US Magazine, there’s a plot to kill this “peace-seeking” Mid-East Muslim leader.  Hmmm . . . I wonder if, for political correctness’ sake, they’ll make his would-be assassins Israeli.

More, from the Wall Street Journal’s TV critic, Dorothy Rabinowitz, who–while usually on the mark–long ago fell for the “24” propaganda show:

The crisis Jack addresses concerns the plot against a Middle Eastern head of state, in Washington to discuss his country’s nuclear capacities—and inspections thereof. Indeed, the president, Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones), identifies him as the president of the Islamic Republic. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the figure clearly meant to pop into viewers’ minds, until it becomes obvious, quite soon, that this tall, handsome, swinging devotee of peace and humanity and even, as the president breathlessly explains, the two-state solution—is someone else. President Taylor is soon awash in devotion to this leader, Omar Hassan (played by Anil Kapoor). The writers of “24” are partial to the creation of dream-world paragons of idealism, like the noble president of the Islamic Republic ready to forget his country’s nuclear aims—ready, moreover, to give up everything in the interests of humanity and peace, his life included.

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Kiefer Sutherland & Anil Kapoor on This Season’s “24”

It’s left to Jack Bauer—abetted by Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), back in top form—whose mission it will be to thwart the assassins out to destroy this hero.

Oy. The 24 time clock can’t run out soon enough. Stick a fork in it, Jack Bauer. You and your PC show are long past done.

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20 Responses

I knew it was just a matter of time. There was a series on Cinemax a few years ago “Sleeper Cell” which had a terrorist infiltrate the USA and pretend to a be a Sephardic Jew who even coached soccer. I heard good things about this series although, of course, the undercover cop was a Moslem. I guess the writers and producers are just too afraid and feel they have to have “balance”. Not so with a series such as “Big Love” which shows Mormons as crackpots. I don’t see too many Mormons threatening to blow up HBO as a protest. Don’t forget that after the Pope said that elements of Islam were violent, the Islamists disproved that by committing violent, heinous acts! This PC garbage is going to kill us.

Julian on January 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I wish they would bring back The Shield.

Julian on January 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Allahu akbar!

Reza on January 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yea beans and desease to u too.

    mike c on January 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Reza – Allahu Achbar

(The second word is hebrew and the “ch” is gutteral as in Chanukah).

I_AM_ME on January 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

They can’t attack Islam in this country… that would not be politically correct. So they have to change story lines to pretend Muslims can never be bad guys. Even though they are exactly that in real life.

NormanF on January 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

The writers really can’t win can they? If the terrorist are Muslim the Muslim Americans are angry and if the terrorists American white men they the right-wing folks are upset.

You can’t please everyone. I think it’s a GREAT show.

Josie on January 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

No, Josie, if the terrorists are portrayed as American white men, all of us of good sense – not just right-wing folks – should be upset. Me, I missed – or rather didn’t miss – the “24” premier. Watched “Chuck” instead.

Before that, I watched a *real* portrayal of terror: “The Baader-Meinhof Complex”. It’s a powerful, German film (English sub-titles) that portrays how a bunch of morally arrogant and narcissistic left-wing youngsters, supported by a sympathetic populace, terrorized West Germany over two decades. Not surprisingly, they ultimately link up with secular Arab terrorists (PLO) in their war against the “Zionists”.

Watch too how the country’s leaders try to “understand” the terrorist’s motivation, while clueless prosecutors coddle the terrorist suspects who make a mockery of their trials… then think about the planned trial of KSM and his fellow jihadists in New York.

Raymond in DC on January 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Why is it that left-wingers of all stripes and shades always seems to gravitate to those groups opposed to Israel’s existence?

When did this happen, or was this always the case?

Wakefield Tolbert on January 12, 2010 at 1:00 am

Too true. I enjoyed 24 the first few seasonss, but it got way out and it was obvious they started catering to CAIR pretty early on. Yeah right, like we’re going to ever see a leader of an Islamic republic want to foster peace with Israel. Sounds like 24 has become a left winger’s fantasy.

Daniel on January 12, 2010 at 8:22 am

First thing you must realize that there is no point evaluating human conduct without a proper and adequate understanding of the religion which shapes their thought process. Maanoj Rakhit from Muslim India Will be Like ‘This’ (I might add that secular humanism is a religion too.)
We can not separate the muslim from their religion…no matter what face they try to put on for public consumption.

Gail on January 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

For me it is more exciting to watch how Mr. Sutherland finds his way into various bars, gets hammered, stumbles out and makes the really big decision: To drive or not to drive!

In other words, this show slide into the shadows of “must watch” years ago for reasons that go way beyond getting hammered!

RJ on January 12, 2010 at 9:06 am

One of the joys of working an afternoon shift is missing most of TV. I’ve never seen an episode of “24” and yet, somehow, that’s okay.
TV has been lampooning Conservative ideals since “All In The Family”.
I WISH “that every Islamic terrorist {were} really just the puppet of the evil White man.”. In that were true, Obama would nationalize their industries and in a short while the Muslim cry would be “Allah Fubar!”!

Douglas Q on January 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

I am interested in how fast 24 tanks in the ratings. I think people are fed up with this liberal bs and pandering. We’ll see.

Sarah on January 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Even on my fantastic 60 inch laser guided TV, the frenzied desperation from this plot negatively ionized the particle filter and fed onto the screen a cesspoll of pretend-ridiculous action with nary an ounce of credibility or any concern to the delusional viewers of integrity.

Coup Coup Clock on January 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I gave up on “24” once they got rid of President Palmer. Now I’m just wondering in which “hour” Jack Bauer will soom up the ramp in leather jacket and waterskis.

Jonathan on January 13, 2010 at 12:26 am

Alfred Hitchcock was so forward thinking and a realist in world threats, he was questioned by the govt. for his movie plots in seeming to know confidential information. How drab 24 is for always spinning the past and ignoring reality. Not much room in Hollywood for imagination when they are busy towing the progressive line and scripting DNC talking points.

FeFe on January 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

You are sooooo right. I stopped watching this years back for the reasons you cite.

Kelly on January 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

#a “two-state solution” a/k/a amputating Israel into a Palestinian State and out of existence#

So you want Israel from the Med to the Jordan.
Why? Because of some nonsense in the bible? Because you simply don’t like Arabs?
And what about the native Palestinians?

pretzelberg on August 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    The native “Palestinians” were the Jews. The palestinian Brigade in the 8th Army in WWII were Jews, not Arabs. There has NEVER been an independent Aranb state named Palestine.

    Pretzelberg, did you get your polio vaccine?

    Occam's Tool on August 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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