Ep 3 - Bastille Day Jan 24, 2005 23:14:45 GMT -5
Post by caseOrange on Jan 24, 2005 23:14:45 GMT -5
To be quite honest, as we do not know the nature of Zarek's prior "terrorist" actions, we can't say that these actions are just or unjust. Therefore, it is best to look at his present actions. Basically, he uses extreme measures to bring to light the fact that Rosilin was not technically elected. This makes the current government illegimate in regards to the law. However, even Zarek's actions do not have the best intentions.
At one point, Dualla mentions that he blew up a government building.
If we are to assume that the Colonies' system of government is similiar to the American system (for example, an elected president who appoints a cabinet), then Roslin is the legitimate president. The Colonials obviously have a plan for a continuation of government in case of catastrophes which includes a line of succession in case the president is killed. At the very least, Roslin is a "lame duck" president. At most, she is in charge of preserving humanity.
ViperTech said:As Lee soon finds out, Zarek would just as soon martyr himself, causing massive uprisings against Rosilin's government, which would cause a cycle of violence leading to chaos. This is where Zarek crosses the line, in my view, this is where he becomes a danger.
My point exactly. In BSG, once you become a danger, you become a danger to the survival of humanity, IMO.
ViperTech said:The people have to be as vigilant as Zarek, as protective as Rosilin, and as well informed as Apollo in order for a democracy to work. Zarek has every right to be weary. Rosilin has every right to defend her species. Only a wealth of information, that Apollo has, can both sides be reconciled and a comprise be found. It is this compromise that allows for a balance between security and freedom.
Very well said, Viper Tech! Very good insight!