Monday, February 20, 2006

Valley of the Wolves - Turkish Rambo Flays Evil Americans

A Turkish Rambo-type film, Valley of the Wolves, glamorises a struggle against evil Americans - amongst whom a Jewish doctor who takes out the organs of living Turks. Some politicians (like Edmund Stoiber, Prime Minister of Bavaria) are calling for the film to be banned.

But it hardly makes sense to relinquish the right to free speech over a film of this sort. Aside from setting a woeful precedent, banning it will only make the film more glamorous and popular. It will also underline the thesis that Islamic culture is being suppressed by the west.

In any case, the anti-Americanism of this film hardly surpasses that of its far slicker equivalents in Hollywood.

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