In Turkish Movie, Americans Kill Innocents

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  1. mioque

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    Feb 3, 7:47 AM (ET)

    By BENJAMIN HARVEY

    ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - 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.

    "Valley of the Wolves Iraq" - set to open in Turkey on Friday - feeds off the increasingly negative feelings many Turks harbor toward their longtime NATO allies: Americans.

    The movie, which reportedly cost some $10 million, is the latest in a new genre of popular culture that demonizes the United States. It comes on the heels of a novel called "Metal Storm" about a war between Turkey and the U.S., which has been a best seller for months.

    One recent opinion poll revealed the depth of the hostility in Turkey toward Americans: 53 percent of Turks who responded to the 2005 Pew Global Attitudes survey associated Americans with the word "rude"; 70 percent with "violent"; 68 percent with "greedy"; and 57 percent with "immoral."

    Advance tickets are already selling out across Turkey for the film, which has dialogue in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish and English. In addition to Turkey, the film is set to be shown in more than a dozen other countries - including the United States, Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, Britain, Denmark, Russia, Egypt, Syria and Australia.

    The movie's American stars are Billy Zane, who plays a self-professed "peacekeeper sent by God," and Gary Busey as the Jewish-American doctor.

    U.S. soldiers have become hate figures in Muslim countries around the world after the unpopular war in Iraq. But here in Turkey, a personal grudge fuels the resentment.

    "Valley of the Wolves Iraq" opens with a true story: On July 4, 2003, in Sulaymaniyah, northern 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.

    The Americans said they had been looking for Iraqi insurgents and unwittingly rounded up the Turks because they were not in uniform. Still, the incident damaged Turkish-U.S. relations and hurt Turkish national pride. Turks traditionally idolize their soldiers; most enthusiastically send their sons off for mandatory military service.

    In the movie, one of the Turkish special forces officers commits suicide to save his honor. His farewell letter reaches Polat Alemdar, an elite Turkish intelligence officer who travels to northern Iraq with a small group of men to avenge the humiliation.

    There they find a rogue group of U.S. soldiers led by officer Sam William Marshall - played by Zane. In the bloodfest that ensues, the small band of Turks bonds with the people of Iraq and eventually ends American atrocities there, killing Zane and his men in the final scene.

    "The scenario is great," Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas told The Associated Press after the film was shown at a posh opening gala Tuesday night. "It was very successful. ... a soldier's honor must never be damaged."
    http://www.oudaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/02/02/43e2cb753ddce
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493264/
     
  2. hillclimber

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    It's part of The Plan.
     
  3. KenH

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    Much ado about nothing. [​IMG]
     
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    Lost me when I saw Gary Busey was cast as the doctor.

    It's at least encouraging that the American soldiers are "rogues."
     
  5. JFox1

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    The Turks don't have the right to criticize us about our "brutality." In 1915, the Turks committed the 20th Century's first genocide, when they killed 1 1/2 million Armenian Christians. Peter Jennings did a documentary about it:

    http://www.theforgotten.org/site/intro_eng.html

    Just click on the link and when it appears, click on the circle that says ABC News to hear Peter Jennings report about this incident.
     
  6. mioque

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    I just saw the trailer.
    It's full of heroic, stoic Turkish men. You know they're heroes, because they dress in suits and manage to take down 5 uniformed flunkies pointing guns at them... with kung-fu.
    At one point the evil American snaps a little plastic flag of Turkey into pieces while the stoic Turkish hero looks on in horror.

    This is gonna be awesome.
     
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    Will SOMEONE PLEEEASSSE explain to me WHY, WHY, WHY are muslims leaving middle eastern countries in droves to live in western countries like Europe and the US and then protesting the way they are being treated.
     
  8. elijah_lives

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    Maybe Christians should burn the Turkish embassy, in response to this film? As Muslims have burned the Danish embassy, in response to a cartoon? (Don't attack me, I am being satirical).
     
  9. StefanM

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    My great-Grandfather fled from Armenia to America when he was a young teenager because of that genocide.
     
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    Simple. Because they want to take us over and make us into Islamic countries when they have sufficient numbers to do so. It's part of the way they spread Islam. Once they have sufficient numbers in our countries, it will no longer be burning and rioting, but will be killing all of the infidels in our own countries with the sword. That is historically how they've done things.
     
  11. elijah_lives

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    And our open societies in N. America and Europe are a "blessing" to their mode of conquest.
     

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