According to Yahoo News, an unimpeachable source if there ever was one, Communist Party representatives in Russia are offended by the depiction of Communists in the newly released film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and are asking for the film to be banned. Banned in Russia, I guess, where it opened in 800 theaters this weekend.

I think it was pretty insensitive of Steven Spielberg to give this film, set in the 1950s, at the beginning of the cold war, a Russian Communist villain. Surely he could have found a way to make the bad guy a Muslim extremist, as all patriotic American filmmakers now do.

The depiction of Communism in this stereotypical way is offensive to our good friends in the former Soviet Union. Moose and Squirrel would be ashamed.