Press and social media have been buzzing about the negotiations the White House conducted with Taliban terrorists. The bottom line is that President Obama decided to release five of Taliban’s top captives from Guantanamo Bay and wanted to get something out of it – enter Bowe Bergdahl. I am not going to write about the legality of such a move or the fact that both sides of the aisle in Congress are upset by not being informed of the negotiations. I also think the President wanted to take some heat off of the growing VA hospital scandal. I don’t want to rehash the victory that this swap meant to the Talban’s creditability among their peers or what kind of threat it poses for our troops in the future. All of those points have been covered and covered again. I’m going to take a look at something I haven’t seen discussed much – a comparison of Showtime’s Homeland and the real life escapades of Bowe Bergdahl.
Homeland focuses on the release of an American Marine, Nicholas Brody, who was held captive by al Qaeda for eight years. Brody was a war hero and made a triumphant return home where he was honored for his exploits and heroism. Bowe Bergdahl on the other hand apparently deserted his fellow soldiers and was picked up by Taliban soldiers walking alone, cursing, and acting confused in eastern Afghanistan near his post. He was held captive for five years.
Spoiler alert – if you haven’t watched the Homeland series I would highly recommend it and I’ll try not to reveal anything critical to the plot. If you want to watch it without knowing anything about it you may want to skip the rest of this post. The plot shows that Brody converted to Islam during his captivity. Fox News cited secret documents and reported Thursday that Bergdahl converted to Islam and declared himself a “mujahid” or warrior for Islam.
- Different branches of the service – Marine vs Army.
- Both were sergeants.
- Brody was a war hero – Bergdahl left his post (the Department of Defense officially are reporting that he walked off his base in eastern Afghanistan with three afghan counterparts).
- Both converted to Islam.
- Both held captive for 5+ years.
- Both became chummy with their captors – Brody babysat – Bergdahl played soccer.
- They even resemble each other slightly – check out the pic.
Is the Brody/Bergdahl comparison purely a coincidence or is it an example of life imitating art? Whichever it is it was fun to dig into.