Thursday, May 19, 2005


I was browsing the web yesterday and by chance came across two items which, though on ostensibly unrelated topics, fit together perfectly. The first is this excerpt from a post by Jim Henley (who I'm definitely going to add to my blogroll one of these days) on the TV show 24 (which I have not watched, incidentally):

"the script lets ... Jack Bauer off way too easy too. Oh, he suffers. He suffers the exquisite agony of being in every instance right to hurt other people. Jesus wept, yes, but not for nailing Pilate to the Cross. It's a very new, American kind of martyrdom 24 chronicles."

The second is an essay by John Kessel: "Creating the Innocent Killer: Ender's Game, Intention, and Morality" (via The Mumpsimus).

I'll leave it to you to relate these two items to America's current self-image, especially vis-a-vis our victims in Guantanamo and Iraq.

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