by John Hawkins | December 11, 2002 1:54 pm
The Stars Explain What You Sheep Should Think: I’m jazzed because I finally got my hands on the statement from Artists United to Win Without War. They are a bunch of empty headed stars like Matt Damon, Mike Farrell, Alec Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Tim Robbins, Barbra Streisand, Ethan Hawke, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Ed Asner, Laurence Fishburne & Martin Sheen among others. Here’s what they had to say…
“War talk in Washington is alarming and unnecessary.
“We are patriotic Americans who share the belief that Saddam Hussein cannot be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction. We support rigorous United Nations weapons inspections to assure Iraq’s effective disarmament.
“However, a preemptive military invasion of Iraq will harm American national interests. Such a war will increase human suffering, arouse animosity toward our country, increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing in the world. It will make us less, not more, secure.
“We reject the doctrine – a reversal of long-held American tradition – that our country, alone, has the right to launch first-strike attacks.
“The valid U.S. and U.N. objective of disarming Saddam Hussein can be achieved through legal diplomatic means. There is no need for war. Let us instead devote our resources to improving the security and well-being of people here at home and around the world.”
This is of course standard lefty anti-war drivel. They claim that “Saddam Hussein cannot be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction” but they are protesting the only possible way to take them away from Hussein. Even with the threat of imminent attack hanging over Saddam’s head, Hussein is still not willing to disarm. What’s the plausible alternative these stars are offering? As per usual with the anti-war movement, they don’t have one.
Moreover, there is no “reversal of long-held American tradition” in Bush’s pre-emptive attack doctrine. Over the years, the US has CONSTANTLY attacked other nations that haven’t attacked us first. Even Clinton did it. What attack did Somalia make on us that forced us to run around trying to capture warlords over there? What about Serbia, did they attack us? Iraq was no threat to US citizens before the Gulf War. What about our invasions of Panama and Grenada? We can go on and on with this — even Korea and Vietnam are examples of attacks on other nations that didn’t directly threaten our country. Considering that Iraq is run by an aggressive dictator who hates the US, has ties to terrorists, weapons of mass destruction, and who has threatened to launch terrorist attacks at our country if we attack, this invasion meets a standard that few other conflicts have since WW2. In fact, considering that this invasion of Iraq is part of a War on Terrorism started by an attack on American soil, this is as morally justified a war as America has ever fought.
Paul Bond also shows exactly which side of the ideological divide that this group comes from…
“The best bit of levity came at the close of the hour-long event. It had been suggested by some of the dozen celebrities in attendance that Artists United to Win Without War was nonpartisan.
Asked to name a Republican among the group, Farrell claimed there were some, but quipped, “I don’t want to out them.”
Sure there are members of the GOP in there Mike — we believe you! I also love this remark from Ed Asner…
“Asner was critical of the American public as well, for its support of Bush’s approach to Iraq.
“They’re sheep,” he said. “They like him enough to credit him with saving the nation after 9/11. Three thousand people get killed, and everybody thinks they’re next on the list. The president comes along, and he’s got his six-guns strapped on, and people think he’s going to save them.”
We’re big stars!!!! Either you have to do what we tell you to or you’re a bunch of sheep!!! I’m Ed Asner, I used to be Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — do you hear me out there? Pay attention you sheeple — I was the voice of Joe the Dog in “Here’s Looking at You, Kid” so you must do as I say because I’m famous!!
When stars attack — it just doesn’t get much more entertaining than this for Conservative pundits…
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