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At least a few celebrities in Hollywood have decided to support the war on terror and call terrorists what they are, according to an advertisement a number of them took out in the Los Angeles Times. Tomorrow's edition will carry a full-page ad denouncing terrorism and supporting democracy, carrying some notable signatures:
"We the undersigned are pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas," the ad reads.
"If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die.
"We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs." ...
The actors listed included: Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Danny De Vito, Don Johnson, James Woods, Kelly Preston, Patricia Heaton and William Hurt.
Directors Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Dick Donner and Sam Raimi also signed their names.
Other Hollywood powerplayers supporting the ad included Sumner Redstone, the chairman and majority owner of Paramount Pictures, and billionaire mogul, Haim Saban.
Of course, this sounds like a tacit endorsement of Israel, which it obviously intends to be. The recognition of terrorism and the denunciation of the groups involved comes as a bit of a surprise. Too many in Tinseltown remain infatuated with revolutionaries like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro and see Hezbollah and Hamas in the same light ... which is actually accurate, but not for the reasons they assume. (hat tip: CQ reader J. C.)
UPDATE: Bruce Kesler wonders why we have to go haflfway around the world to find out about this.Sphere It View blog reactions
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