Homeland is very accurate in its portrayal of the quickly changing role of the CIA and how the agency is having to adapt to threats from the Muslim world. I've watched all of it and am convinced they are using good intelligence sources for their stories. NYPost:
Pakistani officials are furious with Showtime after watching the fourth season of its hit show “Homeland,” which they say portrays their country as an ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued “hellhole.”
The diplomats took copious notes of every slight while binge-watching all 12 episodes — including the lack of greenery in the depiction of the nation’s capital, Islamabad.
They complained directly to producers of the Emmy-winning drama, but their gripes fell on deaf ears, Pakistani sources said.
“Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of the US .?.?. is a disservice not only to the security interests of the US but also to the people of the US,” Pakistan Embassy spokesman Nadeem Hotiana told The Post.
One of their beefs is that the show — which stars Danes as CIA Agent Carrie Mathison on assignment in Pakistan — trashed a diplomat’s image of the capital as a bucolic oasis.
“Islamabad is a quiet, picturesque city with beautiful mountains and lush greenery,” one source said. “In ‘Homeland,’ it’s portrayed as a grimy hellhole and war zone where shootouts and bombs go off with dead bodies scattered around. Nothing is further from the truth.”
The biggest gripe is that the show depicts Pakistan as undemocratic and allied with terrorists.
“Repeated insinuations that an intelligence agency of Pakistan is complicit in protecting the terrorists at the expense of innocent Pakistani civilians is not only absurd but also an insult to the ultimate sacrifices of the thousands of Pakistani security personnel in the war against terrorism,” a source said.
“Our culture embraces Western society. Pakistan believes in the democratic system of voting in our presidents.”
“Pakistanis never embraced the dictators who, in the past, ruled the country because they took over the presidency through violent means.
“?‘Homeland’ makes it seem that Pakistan has contempt for Americans and its values and principles. That is not true.”
Instead of apologising, the script writers of "Homelands" should go right back in and hit harder. They should allow themselves to envision the introduction of a character who reads V S Naipaul's "Among the Believers" and "Beyond Belief", and quotes from those books, on-screen, approvingly. Or they could introduce a character who is familiar with the brilliant young English scholar and Indophile David McCutchion (and it was not 'Muslim' India, but Hindu and Buddhist India, that McCutchion loved and knew) who died far too young, in 1972, and who summed up miserable Islamic Pakistan in one deadly paragraph of unanswerable truthfulness. Perhaps Hugh will link and quote the whole of his essay on McCutchion. But in the meantime, I'll quote just the final few paragraphs. "Here is how, in a letter from England to a friend, McCutchion described the behaviour of Pakistan. "...We are raising funds [for those in what was then East Pakistan, who were being murdered by the army of West Pakistan and its local, fervently Muslim East Pakistani collaborators] and hope to see the Minister of Overseas Development. "What do I think of it all? Appalling... "Pakistan should never have existed - it has cost more lives than the whole of the British Empire in 200 years. "What should I think of a culture [sic: he should have written "culture" - CM] that burns down the British Council library in Lahore because an English publisher printed a picture of Mahomet? "Fanaticism plus Machiavellianism plus brutality equals Islamic Pakistan". 'One more time: "What do I think of it all? Appalling... "Pakistan should never have existed - it has cost more lives than the whole of the British Empire in 200 years. "What should I think of a culture that burns down the British Council library in Lahore because an English publisher printed a picture of Mahomet? "Fanaticism plus Machiavellianism plus brutality equals Islamic Pakistan". 'Print out that last bit and put it on your refrigerator, under the title, "Pakistan"."
"An ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued hellhole." Well, that is exactly what it is. And the more purely Muslim it tries to become, the uglier, the more ignorant, and the more murderously violent it will become; down, and down, and down, everlastingly into a Void. V S Naipaul says it all, in one lapidary sentence in his "Among the Believers", which was written long before 9/11, and when Pakistan was much less addled by Islam than it is now. He said, "Pakistan, out of its Islamic striving, had undone the rule of law that it had inherited from the British, and had replaced it with nothing." Except that he should have had a pause after "with" and then he should have capitalised the word "Nothing". Thus: "and replaced it with...Nothing." The Nothing, the Nothingness, that is the distilled evil of the Sharia of Islam, the Nothing toward which any person or society will be drawn insofar as it sincerely attempts to emulate the example of Mohammed and follow his deadly instructions in every last particular. The Nothing that we are seeing in Islamic State, the Nothing that is enacted by Boko Haram when they kidnap and rape schoolgirls, the Nothing that was enacted by the Al Shabaab when they murdered people in a shopping centre, the Nothing that is adored in every beheading video posted online. The Nothing that was adored in Har Nof in Jerusalem when Muslims chanting allahu akbar, with axes and guns butchered four rabbis and a policeman, in order to feed allah with fresh human blood.