March 1, 2011 Leave a comment
There’s this show on BBC called Merlin. It covers the story of Camelot, of Arthur and Merlin, when they’re teenagers.
Prince Arthur’s father is, of course, King Uther Pendragon. In this version, Uther’s son is learning to become the good ruler his father is not.
In watching the show, Uther is presented ambiguously, as one of the protagonists, but I find myself force to take a stance (in my head, or to friends) against him, because he is constantly doing things that, were he not one of the “good guys”, would be instantly recognized as evil.
In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that he is actually the most evil part of the show, the actual antagonist without whom none of the greatest wrongs or conflict would occur.
What’s most interesting, though, is that every single aspect of his role in the show is identical to that of the violent, authoritarian interventionists in the American and British political class (sadly, this turns out to include Obama), in real life.
Uther Pendragon / A Neocon:
- Claims to defend the people’s rights, but governs as an authoritarian, using safety as their excuse
- Once quietly supported a movement for their own gain, but then decided it was their enemy
- Has since imposed a police state, along with supportING violence, war, and tyranny elsewhere, in the name of stamping out that movement
- Will unhesitatingly torture, imprison, or kill in pursuit of the war against the movement, including using proxies in order to be able to claim clean hands for themselves
- Will threaten, imprison, and worse anyone who might reveal their involvement in some of these evils
- With their brutality and wrongdoing in the name of crushing the movement and any other opposition, has created their own enemies
- Those enemies included good people, driven bad by desperation under the evils of the abusive government
- And actual evil men, criminals, et cetera, who would have been nothing more than part of a fringe underworld end up able to ally with and manipulate the desperate good people, gaining far more power and influence than they would without the evil of the abusive government
- The people of the nation end up being subjected to retribution and violence driven purely as blowback against the previous evils of their government
- That government lacks credibility in the struggles for justice of many other lands, despite a long-past history of being a beacon of justice
Frankly, I could have written an article about either the violent interventionists of the American political class, or Uther Pendragon, and then just did a search and replace for words like Bush/Uther, Camelot/America, and magic/Muslims, Gaius/Assange, and published the new version credibly, without any other modification.
Whose evils does this article really reveal most clearly…the fictional Uther or the real Neocons? Sadly, I think it’s hard to say.