Saturday, February 25, 2006
Kenan Kolat, the head of Germany's Turkish community, insisted that a ban on the film would make matters worse. "If it is withdrawn, it will raise levels of identification with the film," he said. "A democracy must be able to endure films that it doesn't approve of."
Alin Sahin, the film's distributor in Germany, argued: "When a cartoonist insults two billion Muslims it is considered freedom of opinion, but when an action film takes on the Americans it is considered demagoguery. Something is wrong."
Well, yeah, something is very wrong, starting with the contemptible Muslim tendency to play the helpless victim card while simultaneously preaching (and committing) violence. Churchill had a famous quote about the Germans that they were "either at your feet or at your throat." Today's Muslim community manages both positions simultaneously.
This is something else the Islamists learned from the Left: Moral equivalency. In this case, essentially they're saying: You make Muhammad cartoons, we make cinematic calls for genocide; if you object to our genocidal movies, then your free-speech defenses of the cartoons are hypocritical.
Of course the comparison is absurd. For one thing, Western objections to Valley of the Wolves aren't accompanied by death threats and riots, as in
'You will see your own blood as an answer, and that is revenge from our prophet,'
The truest line in the article:
Bernd Neumann, the culture minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government complained last week that the reaction to the film "raises serious questions about the values of our society and our ability to instil them".