by Robert Romano
Without the 9/11 attacks, words such as “homeland security,” “terrorism” and “insurgency” would not be a main part of the American vocabulary.
Television shows such as Homeland and movies such as Zero Dark Thirty have reinforced these words by the advanced sound-mixing and cinematography of American entertainment. But, it is doubtful whether television and movies about America’s latest military conflicts should have a place in one’s living room.
Homeland details the struggles of Carrie Mathison, a CIA agent who attempts to track and deter a future attack on the U.S. by Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody. Brody went missing in action in 2003, but has since returned to the United States, and is greeted as a war hero. The main issue for Mathison is attempting to investigate this man’s possible connections to Al Qaeda despite the admiration he receives at home.
Although the premise of Homeland is extremely intriguing, the show takes the serious issue of homeland security and shrinks it into a superficial Hollywood thriller. The show takes the efforts of American CIA agents and makes it seem as though their everyday commitment is a fantasy to be watched on TV, or discussed about over the water cooler.
In reality, members of the CIA work tirelessly to ensure that future terror attacks are averted, and their jobs are not to be romanticized on television.
Television networks do not bare the sole responsibility for dramatizing military ops. In the film Zero Dark Thirty, the fact that boots still remain on the ground in Afghanistan demonstrates that the timing of the movie’s release was too soon.
Only in 2011 was Bin Laden brought to justice, and the work of SEAL Team Six to stop him should be respected and honored.
Overall, the minds behind Hollywood’s greatest flicks should be more respectful of the sensitive realm of American military depictions.