The nytimes has a story about an anti american film breaking box office records in turkey, “Valley of the wolves – iraq”. This is strange on a few levels.
First, my old classmate, billy zane, is the lead bad guy – the leader of occupational forces. Its hard to believe billy or any american actor would take the part. American stars regularly do cheesy commercials in japan. So maybe billy figured it wouldn’t hurt his career. He rationalized this as an anti war film too.
Gary busey also plays a jewish american doctor who exports iraqi organs to ny and israel. How could he be stupid enough to play such an obviously anti semitic role, spreading horrible propoganda?
It seems that the US has now taken the role from russia as the evil occupying power. We will have to get used to this. In jarecki’s doc “we we fight” richard pearl says that we may change administrations but the impact of iraq will not be changed. He was right. It will cost more than the war for us to ever change world opinion again.
One last interesting note from the story is that in addition to anti american books, ‘mein kompf’ was one of turkey’s best sellers last year. Why does anti semitism always mix so well with western hatred? “America is evil…let’s kill the jews” Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile.