To the extent they are even aware of it, most Americans seem to be pretty unfazed by the fact that half the world hates them. Perhaps it’s because as long as you are big, strong, and have all the cool toys you don’t care whether the other kids hate you. Still, if I were an American I’d be pretty depressed about a horribly anti-American film coming out of Turkey. In Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, American soldiers are shown gunning down children and dragging innocent people to Abu Ghraib where a Jewish-American doctor cuts out their organs and sells them to people in America and Israel.
I like Turkey. Beautiful country, great food, wonderful beaches, etc. etc., and have always admired its easy-going East-West flavour. But in a 2005 survey, 70% of Turks associated Americans with the word “violent”; 68% with “greedy”; and 57% with “immoral.” My favourite quote about the film was from a Turkish model who said, “There isn’t going to be a war over this. Everyone knows that Americans have a good side.”
How kind of her! Anyway, lame film, worrying attitudes. Oh, and it stars Billy Zane, clearly out for revenge after Rose dumped him for Jack.