Gone are the days when celebrities would protest wars and march for peace. Not only did liberal “anti-war” artists like Michael Moore turn a cold shoulder to their own views when former President Barack Obama did not fulfill his promise to end the conflicts in the Middle East, but now there are celebs openly beating the war drums for a new conflict with a new enemy: Russia.
“We have been attacked. We are at war,” declared actor Morgan Freeman somberly in a video for the Committee to Investigate Russia, a newly announced group looking to “expose” Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rob Reiner, director of such films as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Misery,” is also involved and announced the group’s existence through Twitter on Tuesday.
“Imagine this movie script: A former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge,” Freeman also said in the new video. “Taking advantage of the chaos, he works his way up through the ranks of a post-Soviet Russia, and becomes president. He establishes an authoritarian regime — then he sets his sights on his sworn enemy, the United States.”
The group’s About Us section says, in part, of last year’s election: “Using hacking, Twitter armies, and fake news, the Kremlin engaged in an aggressive effort to subvert the American democratic process.”
Apparently, now all it takes to get a celebrity to declare a state of “war” is the possibility of the existence of “Twitter armies” and “fake news.” This is how far down the Trump rabbit hole some of these celebs have fallen with their incessant hysteria.
It is beyond sad to see a talented artist like Freeman use his name to promote nonsense like this, and it’s even sadder to see an otherwise seemingly intelligent man so willing to spread such extreme rhetoric.
The world is in a fragile state, and celebrities like Reiner and Freeman are doing nothing to help that. Instead, they’re beating the Russia war drums because they have blinders on when it comes to Trump.
What ultimate conclusion do these people want? Do they actually want a “war” declared with Russia? And do they want to take us back in time to the Cold War?
It’s one thing to believe in so-called Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and it’s entirely another thing to use one’s public platform to spread the idea of aggressive relationships between two world powers — all because of one’s personal unhappiness with the outcome of the presidential election.
But no, Mr. Freeman, we are not “at war,” no matter how much you and others wish we were. Keep your war fantasies to yourself.
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