Actor George Clooney continues to pound American foreign policy any chance he gets while talking to foreign media outlets.
“America’s policies frustrate me,” Clooney told a German television program yesterday. “I think a war against Iraq is as unavoidable as it is senseless. I think it’s coming. But I also think the real danger is going to be what happens after it.”
Clooney, who in interviews with European newspapers has accused Bush of war-mongering over Iraq, is on a growing list of Hollywood celebrities to speak out against war. Others include Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and director Spike Lee.
“You can’t beat your enemy anymore through wars; instead you create an entire generation of people revenge-seeking,” Clooney said in the ARD television program “Beckmann.”
“These days it only matters who’s in charge,” Clooney said. “Right now that’s us – for a while at least. Our opponents are going to resort to car bombs and suicide attacks because they have no other way to win.”
Clooney, 41, said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was making a mistake to think a war against Iraq would be an easy win for the United States.
“I believe he thinks this is a war that can be won, but there is no such thing anymore,” said Clooney, who starred in a film about the 1991 Gulf War “Three Kings” that took a dark look at the war to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
“We can’t beat anyone anymore,” added Clooney, who has called it unfair that Americans opposed to war are being branded unpatriotic.
Clooney, who won fame for his leading role in long-running hospital drama “ER,” has also appeared in films including “Batman and Robin,” “The Perfect Storm” and “Brother Where Art Thou?”
Earlier this month, the Berlin film festival was a veritable beehive of Hollywood celebrities speaking out against the American war effort.
“It must be good to be in Germany and France because I have completely forgotten what it is like to be proud of your government,” said actor Ed Norton.
“Too many people are being bowled over by [President] Bush and Tony Blair in Britain,” said director Spike Lee. “It’s ludicrous to expect the whole world to follow what they want. America doesn’t have the moral right to tell other people what to do.”
Not all of Hollywood is in this political camp, however. Director Joel Schumacher (“Falling Down,” “Phone Booth”) had this to say about his outspoken colleagues: “I think people always think success in show business gives them the right to be moral political arbiters. I’m not in that camp. I think you can privately do whatever you want, but I’m always suspicious of how much ego is involved. I think the government will survive no matter what Ed Norton thinks of it.”
Dennis Hopper also attended this year’s Berlin Film Festival and was asked for his opinions on the prospect of war, but his answer didn’t make headlines. “I said, ‘I don’t think this is the place to discuss it,'” Hopper told the Chicago Tribune. “And that was the end of it.”
He added: “We live in the United States of America, and we have the right to speak and talk about anything we want. I find it a little embarrassing, because I think that right now we need to support the decision that’s been laid down by our government to go after Saddam and try to get him to disarm, which is what the United Nations is talking about, and not to give Saddam a mixed message that maybe he can get out of this.”