A Cultural Moment

September 18, 2008

Interesting, isn’t it, how the thirtieth anniversary of some crappy sci-fi TV show gets more attention than the thirtieth anniversary of the Camp David Accords? The accords did, after all, set the stage for an end to the single biggest threat on Israel’s southwestern border, break the united Arab front and establish that it was, in fact, possible for Arabs and Israelis to reach a successful negotiation.    

The little rumpus-room warriors of wingerdom love to slag Jimmy Carter, but I can’t think of any U.S. president coming after him who managed to score a similar advance. The fact is, the much-abused man from Georgia has done more for Israel than any number of neocon blowhards with their schemes for remaking the Middle East.

(And yes, I too was watching the premiere of Battlestar Galactica when it was interrupted for the announcement of the accords. It was in the Quad Three lounge of Livingston College, if you must know, and it was the most memorale thing about the show.)


4 Responses to “A Cultural Moment”

  1. Chucky Says:

    It ain’t just wingerdom who doesn’t like Jimmy Carter. The Democratic National Committee prevented him from speaking at the DNC in Denver. Thus the Dems displayed their fealty to the Lobby.

  2. Bill Bowman Says:

    You guys had a TV in your house lounge? Man, that’s living.

  3. Bill Bowman Says:

    What’s the Lobby? (Or do I want to know?)

  4. Ron Fischer Says:

    BSG was eventful for its time not for plotting and story but because it brought the filmmaking technology of Stars Wars (motion control and bluescreen) to television. It was one of the highest budgeted productions on TV back then. Sadly the screenwriting couldn’t keep up with the production values. There’s a “lipstick on a pig” joke due right about here.

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