Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Valley of the Wolves

So this is what happens after 40 years of NATO membership. The US partnership and its nuclear umbrella are ripped to shreds in this film --one you'll never see in North America but it is showing in all cinemas in Turkey.

Breaking every box office record in the history of the country, the film is about a Turkish avenger who punishes the US military for the humiliating arrest and expulsion of a small Turkish contingent discovered near Sulaymaniyeh in spring 2003. The filmmakers spare no outrage to the audience, showing the US military engaged in defiling mosques, bombing wedding feasts and running a brisk organ trade out of Abu Ghraib prison.

If this film is any indication, the Turkey-Israeli axis is about to crumble. We shouldn't be surprised that Turkey has invited Hamas leaders to Ankara.

A tip of the hat to blogger Au fil de Bosphore


Blogger Hannibal said...

Nur AlCubicle: please don't take it personnally but before you make pre-judgements, did you see the movie? Well I am sure you don't. It is always easy to engage in subjective criticism but after all this movie is a work of fiction, shall we beg the Turkish government to censor it then blaming them for not respecting human rights and democracy and thus simply unwelcome to the EU? Do you think what is happening in Irak is fiction too? is Abou Ghraib an Iraqi myth? The movie might be laden with political signals but I am not sure it is going to break the Turkish US or Turkish Israeli axis, these countries have deeper mutual and entertwined interests, that shouldn't be shaken by a movie!

Russia invited Hamas so why not Turkey, and I won't be surprised to know that US is having secret talks with this movement either directly or through a third party as it did with Iran.It's all about interest. let's wait and see:)

Once again you have an excellent blog!

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But unfortunately and undeniably, there has been a political shift in Turkey towards Islamic fundamentalism - namely the landslide victory of the Ak party...

Inevitably the decades long squabbling between the numerous parties of the left and center created a power vacuum. The burgeoning Anatolian population has asserted itself politically in Turkey for the first time. Islam gradually infiltrates Ankara.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Hannibal said...

Anonymous: we are discussing a movie here not a sermon:)

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 points:

1 - this is a fiction movie trying to capitalize on anti-American sentiments in Turkey and the Arab world - its not the end of the NATO alliance. As Hannibal stated if the Turkish government tried to censor it, they would be condemned by anti-American Europeans for stifling free speech.

Of course, it is impossible to deny that anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments are on the rise. It is quite sad that a country that did more than any other country in the world during WWII to save Jews from occupied countries has now become a country where trash like Mein Kampf is a bestseller.

Point 2: Anonymous, while there has been a shift, AKP's victory was hardly a landslide - they only received ~34% in the general election - it is the election law that requires 10% nationally to receive any seats combined with splits among secular parties that resulted in only 2 parties passing the margin - CHP & AKP.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ben yazimi bildigim dilde yaziyorum.
isinize geldigi gibi herseyi yonetebileceginizi zannediyorsunuz.ama olmaz.gokturk yazitlarini bulun ve okuyun.

1:26 PM  

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