Friday, July 2, 2010

"If a man hasn't found something he is willing to die for, he isn't fit to live!"

from the thriller movie, 'Traitor', starring Don Cheadle, playing Samir, a devout Muslim who was suspected to be a shady supplier of explosive devices to Jihadist terrorists, while acting as a deep-cover covert operative under a wing of the US Government.

He was born in Sudan [as a young boy, he saw his father killed in an unexplained car bomb], but grew up in the United States.

Interestingly, he had a stint in the US Special Forces as an exposive expert. So, he was caught in a deep emotional dilemma, torn between his sworn allegiance by citizenship & his steadfast religious beliefs.

By the way, Samir made the foregoing memorable quote.

In a sense, the movie - a thinking one, though complicated; as Samir put it: "The truth is complicated." - was trying to answer the question: was he a traitor to his country or was he a traitor to his religion?

Nonetheless, I must say that it has been one of the best thriller movies about a political conspiracy, against the backdrop of Jihadist terrorists - moving from Yemen to Paris to London to Toronto to Chicago & all the places in between - who were all out to create mayhem on mainland USA, I have seen for a very long time.

The sinister plot in the movie, which was for them to send 50 suicide bombers via Greyhound buses to every state on the mainland, was eventually foiled by our reluctant hero, with the aid of a straight-arrow FBI agent (played by Guy Pearce).

Actually, the one stark & most chilling quote in the movie, with real-world ramifications, came from Nathir (played by Raad Rawi), one of the terrorists' ringleaders operating in the United States:

"In chess and in war the key to winning is to anticipate what your opponent will do in advance. Think two moves ahead. The art of asymmetrical warfare is less about inflicting damage than provoking a response. Terrorism is theater. And theater is always performed for an audience. Ours is the American people. But they are dispersed across a large country. The question is how to convince them that nowhere is safe."

Definitely something worthwhile for our homeland security & intelligence agencies to think about.

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