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Germany : Film Director in Trouble Over Swastika (anti-Bush) T-Shirt
Der Spiegel ^ | 08/07/2006

Posted on 08/07/2006 10:38:36 AM PDT by Republicain

Criticizing US President George W. Bush is fine in Germany, but doing so by displaying the Nazi swastika is a crime, and it's got film director Fatih Akin in trouble with the German authorities.

Fatih Akin attending a film debut in Hamburg last year.

Police in the northern city of Hamburg are investigating award-winning Turkish-German film director Fatih Akin, 32, for wearing an anti-Bush T-shirt bearing the word "Bush" in which the letter "s" was replaced by the swastika. Displaying Nazi symbols is a crime in Germany. He wore the T-shirt on a film set and an unnamed man who saw the photo of it in the newspaper filed a complaint with the police.

German-born Akin, who is of Turkish descent, told SPIEGEL: "Bush's policy is comparable with that of the Third Reich. I think that under Bush, Hollywood has been making certain films at the request of the Pentagon to normalise things like torture and Guantanamo. I'm convinced the Bush administration wants a third world war. I think they're fascists."

Asked why he was using the swastika to make a political statement in Germany of all countries, he said: "You can apply irony to something like that. You can redefine the symbol in a politically correct horizon. My T-shirt is more than mere provocation."

(Excerpt) Read more at service.spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antibush; europe; germany; swastika

1 posted on 08/07/2006 10:38:37 AM PDT by Republicain
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To: Republicain

"My T-shirt is more than mere provocation."

Yes it is.

In Germany, they call that a 'crime'.


2 posted on 08/07/2006 10:40:25 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Republicain

You can also chalk it up to sheer stupidity. Bush is NOT Hitler.

It is an example of a dumb German trying to make excuses for the past as much as it is demonizing his political enemies of today.


3 posted on 08/07/2006 10:40:53 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Republicain
Pluck them there eye-brows, boy!!!
4 posted on 08/07/2006 10:41:16 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Bigh4u2

Stupid Turk.


5 posted on 08/07/2006 10:41:43 AM PDT by muawiyah (-/sarcasm)
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To: Republicain

Gee. It's not like he was wearing a t-shirt that had a mohommed cartoon on it.


6 posted on 08/07/2006 10:42:39 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Native Texan)
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To: Republicain

The National Socialist Workers Party of Germany, otherwise known as the Nazi Party, was socialist, and it had a lot in common with the modern left. Hitler preached class warfare, agitating the working class to resist "exploitation" by capitalists -- particularly Jewish capitalists, of course. Their program called for the nationalization of education, health care, transportation, and other major industries. They instituted and vigorously enforced a strict gun control regimen. They encouraged pornography, illegitimacy, and abortion, and they denounced Christians as right-wing fanatics. Yet a popular myth persists that the Nazis themselves were right-wing extremists. This insidious lie biases the entire political landscape, and the time has come to expose it.



7 posted on 08/07/2006 10:42:48 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Republicain

Sounds just about like the editors and reporters from The Wash. Post and the NY Times.


8 posted on 08/07/2006 10:47:13 AM PDT by pissant
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To: 2banana

And yet the Nazi's were the 'National SOCIALIST party'.

Yeah. Right wing!/s


9 posted on 08/07/2006 10:48:04 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Republicain

So much stupidity, so little time...


10 posted on 08/07/2006 10:48:31 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: Republicain

Fatih Akin, now that's a classic German name. /sarc.


11 posted on 08/07/2006 10:51:18 AM PDT by A message (We who care, Can Not Fail)
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To: Republicain

12 posted on 08/07/2006 10:52:21 AM PDT by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: Republicain

Well at least he's not calling the Jews Nazis which is the vile and twisted logic we see in Europe these days. Yep, in Europe Jews are the new Nazis. Nice way for Europe to avoid their guilt for the Holocaust.


13 posted on 08/07/2006 10:55:00 AM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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To: Republicain
"You can apply irony to something like that."

“Irony” is the word fake intellectuals love to throw into their conversation when they want to appear smarter than they are.

As in this case, they almost never apply the word to a point which actually illustrates irony.

I could point out that the attempt to illustrate intelligence by misusing the word "irony" is an actual example of irony, but I don't want to appear smarter than I am, even though I am smarter than I am.

14 posted on 08/07/2006 11:01:27 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles
Well at least he's not calling the Jews Nazis which is the vile and twisted logic we see in Europe these days.

If you press them, you’ll almost always find that these scumbags rationlize away the unfortunate non-Jewishness of Bush by claiming that he is a dumb puppet to the cadre of evil Jews that surround him.

15 posted on 08/07/2006 11:04:31 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles
Well at least he's not calling the Jews Nazis which is the vile and twisted logic we see in Europe these days. Yep, in Europe Jews are the new Nazis. Nice way for Europe to avoid their guilt for the Holocaust.

These guys are just a small minority of stupid "trous du cul". We should bring them to Auschwitz or Treblinka for a necessary and obligatory lesson of history.

16 posted on 08/07/2006 11:07:23 AM PDT by Republicain
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To: weegee
Darling Fahti is not a German.

A turk and most likely a muslim.

17 posted on 08/07/2006 11:21:51 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Lockbar

Almost a Uni-brow.


18 posted on 08/07/2006 11:27:16 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Nanny Statists are Ameba's.)
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To: dead
I could point out that the attempt to illustrate intelligence by misusing the word "irony" is an actual example of irony, but I don't want to appear smarter than I am, even though I am smarter than I am.

LOL!

"You can apply irony to something like that."

I'd apply pig-irony to that...

19 posted on 08/07/2006 11:28:28 AM PDT by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: Republicain


Bush is Hitler?

For what? Supporting the *Jewish* state of Israel?


20 posted on 08/07/2006 12:17:31 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Republicain
"These guys are just a small minority of stupid "trous du cul". We should bring them to Auschwitz or Treblinka for a necessary and obligatory lesson of history."

Yes indeed.

21 posted on 08/07/2006 12:26:28 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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To: dead
"If you press them, you’ll almost always find that these scumbags rationlize away the unfortunate non-Jewishness of Bush by claiming that he is a dumb puppet to the cadre of evil Jews that surround him."

I found a really good essay that expounds on this a lot more but for some reason I can't get it to post. Rats!

22 posted on 08/07/2006 12:28:21 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles (A)
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