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February 22, 2006

Billy Zane, Gary Busey Star In Anti-American, Anti-Semitic Turkish Film


"A new film riding on a wave of anti-Americanism is attracting record audiences in Turkey and has drawn approving comments from the wife of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Gum-chewing U.S. soldiers shoot Iraqis in cold blood at a wedding in one scene from the movie. In another scene, set at that the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, a Jewish-American doctor harvests Iraqi prisoners' kidneys for sale to Israel and the West. (...) "I feel so proud of them all," said Emine Erdogan, wife of the prime minister, comfortably ensconced in a seat next to the actor playing Alemdar.

Although Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul insisted that the film was no worse than some of the productions of Hollywood studios, Turkish parliament leader Bulent Arinc praised its "realism."

Fuck Turkey. Can't wait until the Kurds declare their own state.

More... Film Faces Legal Backlash In Turkey:

"The movie commits the crime of separatism by trying to instill in the masses xenophobia, racism and the sick idea that the entire world is against Turkey," Nil Demirkazik, the head of NGO Cocuk-Der, told reporters outside the courthouse in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey.

"It humiliates our nation by depicting Turks as people wracked by inferiority complexes and creates enmity between our people by encouraging them to use violence," she argued.

Gota say, I like the cut of this broad's jib, but you're going to continue being "wracked by inferiority complexes" when you view every possible slight as a "humiliation."

That's not really a word often used in American politics or foreign policy, much? We may speak of a loss of credibility, an erosion of foreign support, a defeat, etc. But we don't tend to personalize these set-backs as "humiliations." Whereas the Muslim mindset, tragically, seems to view every event through the prism of personal egotism.

Thanks to RLW for that last item.

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