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In Turkey it's bigger than King Kong -- even bigger than 40-Year-Old Virgin. It's The Valley of the Wolves�Iraq, an avowedly anti-American film about what "Recent opinion polls rank... as the most humiliating moment in Turkish history": The "Bag Incident."

And we don't even know what it is. It's what Jonathan Schwarz calls one of the true perks of power:

What interests me about this is not only did I have no opinion about the "bag incident," I had NEVER EVEN HEARD OF IT.
In other words, it's possible for America to do things to other countries that they consider "the most humiliating moment" in their history...and even anti-American America-haters like myself can't be bothered simply to know it happened.
According to Schwarz, "it portrays America in Iraq as monstrous, massacring civilians and removing prisoners' organs for patients in the U.S., Israel and England."

Oh yeah, the incident the film is (loosely, in a James Frey sort of way) based on:
U.S. troops arrested 11 Turkish special-forces officers in northern Iraq and walked them from their headquarters with bags over their heads. It was considered a bitter betrayal by a trusted ally. Turkish newspapers dubbed it the "Rambo Crisis."
Laura Rozen nails the bigger picture: "For me, this is one of the saddest results of the past five years of the Bush administration's blunders at home and abroad. Losing Turkey and Turkish hearts and minds." (TinyRevolution, WarAndPiece)

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