We have come a long way since the Reagan years. Back then, bulls eye t-shirts with the nose of Muammar Quaddafi at the red-dot center were selling like hot cakes. Movies slung from hollywood like Iron Eagle (1986), Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987); and DeathBefore Dishonor (1987) presciently warned us of the dire consequences for any rogue Arab state deciding to step outside the role of oil supplier and into that of international terrorist. Shortly after 911, as i was driving in one of my favorite American cities, i noticed a poster in the rear window of one truck, then another, then another: Osama bin Laden, hook-nose centered in the bulls-eye poster which read: Wanted: Dead or Alive. It was deja vu all over again; Reagan's bobbling head, mushroom cloud, get 'em before they get us! Since then, as technology developed and video games took on greater importance, expanding on the honorable hollywood tradition, we have been priveleged to enjoy such classics as Navy SEALs (1990), Delta Force 3: The Killing Game (1991), Patriot Games (1992), and Executive Decision (1996), all offering various ways in which to eviscerate before dispatching one's Arab enemy from the air-conditioned comfort of one's living room. Now look what they've done! A new movie has come out, a movie made in Turkey called Valley of the Wolves, Iraq, that depicts American soldiers as blood-thirsty, revenge-seeking idealogues. The audacity! Here's a description from one of AP's equally disturbed correspondents,
"In the most expensive Turkish movie ever made, American
soldiers in Iraq crash a wedding and pump a little boy full of lead in front of his mother. They kill dozens of innocent people with random machine-gun fire, shoot the groom in the head, and drag those left alive to Abu Ghraib prison -- where a Jewish doctor cuts out their organs, which he sells to rich people in New York, London and Tel Aviv."This is just taking it all way too far and out of context and all of that. Of course, it's fiction. It's fiction, people, based very loosely on some real incidents, like...
"Valley of the Wolves Iraq" opens with a true story: On July 4, 2003, in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, troops from the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade raided and ransacked a Turkish special forces office, threw hoods over the heads of 11 Turkish special forces officers and held them in custody for more than two days."What has hollywood ever done to deserve this purile mockery!?
Shocked and appalled, Toby Mandrake
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