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Redford Demands Bush Apology for War

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Posted on Jan 19, 2007
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Robert Redford opened the Sundance Film Festival by demanding an apology for the war in Iraq. The festival features several decidedly political films, including “Chicago 10,” which centers on demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic convention, and “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.”


Redford said he, like many others, had shown a “spirit of unity” with the U.S. government after 11 September 2001.

“We put all our concerns on hold to let the leaders lead,” he said. “I think we’re owed a big, massive apology.”

The actor, whose Sundance Institute for independent film runs the annual festival, usually steers clear of political messages in his opening speech.

Festival opener “Chicago 10” recounts the demonstrations surrounding 1968’s Democratic National Convention, which saw protestors clash with the National Guard.

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By rute lemos, June 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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a war its always a very said story in a human
memories.a disaster for the planet and lost of human lifes. there is nothing more degradating in all the histories since the beginning of centuries.some people say they are necessary but the result is always not according the expectations.personally i live the war in africa angola during 30 years w my family there nothing mores degradating than children without legs as mines have explode the members or simply children who pick up a gun w 10 years hold!nobody wins we all lost our dignity.

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By jim, January 26, 2007 at 12:10 am Link to this comment
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Zoo and Hounddog, two movies presented at the Sundance Film Festival this week, are helping to make the porn industry mainstream. These were the most vile of porn films shown at Redford’s festival of debauchery. Yet, Redford has the gall to preach about decent thought and behavior to conservatives. What a hypocrite! Redford is just like the rest of the Hollywood left, arrogant and stupid.

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By Terry Adams, January 22, 2007 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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Where do you want the War fought, Redford? In Iraq or Illinois? A group of people have delcared war on us (note the New York skyline). We are taking the war to them not waiting for them to kill dozens in a shopping mall, hundreds on an airplane, thousands at a stadium or millions in a city like NY, DC or LA with a nuke.

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By ed s, January 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not a religous person. BUT, Every night I go to bed, I pray that the news in the morning will not include busH & cheneY. So far, my prayer has not been answered.

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By ERNEST KIGHT, January 20, 2007 at 5:50 am Link to this comment
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I am old enough to have experienced the former Bush and the same criminal/war-mongers/profiteers that baby Bush chose for his administration. The same crowd that crow about how great Reagan was, (never mind he was selling illegal weapons from the basement of the Whitehouse - remember ‘Iran-Contra’?) These perverted minds always glorify people that have destructive, hegemonic tendencies that need to war and invade other peoples’ lands! Does anybody realize the Bush famili goes all the way back to piracy? Check it out and notice they are still robbing and killing anybody and everybody they can get away with! Prescott Bush (baby Bushs’ grandfather),manufactured and sold the gas used to gas the Jews in the Holocaust to, who else, but Hitler. Nothing personal - just business, you know.

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By Chris Bieber, January 19, 2007 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment
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Though have been fan of Redford for years am dissapointed in his too little too late grandstanding.

In his movies such as 3 Days of the Condor his characters fought Big Brother….no it is asking for apologies…

We would run out ink writing down all Bush the Younger has done wrong/unConstitutional….it would take time…

meanwhile…@8 Billion $ in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan…@3000 soldiers and thousands more MAIMED and DISFIGURED..and THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of civilians sacrificed on the alter of “collateral damage” and “building democracy”...

and an apology from the grinning smirking Yalie with James Baker and Henry Kissinger and HIS FATHER still pulling his strings????????


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By cab, January 19, 2007 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t want an apology, I want bush and his regime investigated, held accountable and eventually put behind bars for their crimes against humanity from New Orleans to Iraq.

For those of you fooled at the beginning by bush,
consider listening to DemocracyNow! for real reporting, real news and guests who are real experts, such as Scott Ritter.

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By HeadlessHessian, January 19, 2007 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment
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An apology!  Hahahahahahaha….Hihihihehehe.
That’s funny.  AAAhahahaha Redford man…you kill me!  I’ve not laughed that hard in ages!  What an idiot, schlamiel..  Oh King George is going to apologize…right!  And Dick Cheney is an environmentalist, gay activist, and is going to give all his wealth to the poor Katrina victims!  Ahhahaha

48639 by Marie ...lady you are right!  I remember telling my much better half ‘if this little cocky piece of mierda gets elected we are in deep trouble’!  How I wish I’d been wrong!  Then in 2004..Oh nevermind.
Hahahahaha…an apppppolo… hihihaha… gy!

Head….hahahahaha less!

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By Louise, January 19, 2007 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment
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I too agree with Steven W. Graboski, but would like to add. There were a few thousand of us who knew what was coming and did try to stop it. Unfortunately all to many of our elected reps and senators chose to ignore us in favor of some dumb perception of a threat. I was told by a senators aide the calls, faxes and letters were running fifty to one against the war, before the issue was ever debated in congress! So see, they lied too when they said they were responding to the will of their constituents.

We speak constantly of how dumb the people are. I have decided the bigger hunk of stupidity lies in the halls of congress! Even now, every time a politician, either side, talks about ending the war in Iraq they quickly add, we have to ...
“So we can deal with the threat from Iran!”


Every time a wannabe president, either side, comes out against the war in Iraq, pointing out the lies, pointing out the failures, pointing out the fact that we are weakening our military, they immediately jump over to ...
“The need to fight the Global War On Terror!”


And manage only to kill innocent civilians every time.

We just as well declare a global war on WEATHER!

Weather, something else we cant control and frequently live in terror of. Then we can shoot bombs at clouds. At least they’re big, stationary (sometimes) targets. Not a guy here and a guy there, as diverse in motive and as loosely organized as a bunch of drunks crying in their beer.

Maybe it’s time we undertake the gargantuan task of educating our congress!

Face it folks, even if they could get together long enough to stop the war in Iraq, with their current level of common sense (NOT) they’d get us into another one faster than you could say, “Damn, here comes another blizzard!”

Thanks Robert. Thanks for saying something. Thanks for showing us things we need to see. Now, if we could just get our congress people to go see them. Meanwhile, I hope not only the youth of the country, but their parents and grandparents will take Brett Morgen’s personal goal, “personal” and mobilize “to get out and stop this war”.  Because if we don’t do something soon, we may find ourselves in a few more!

At what point in time will this madness escalate into a nuclear war?
Do we really want to find out?

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By SuGee, January 19, 2007 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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It is so true.  We have War Criminals occuppying the White House.  Only when we revolt to this criminality, will we survive.  Let’s not discuss it; write or call (1-877-851-6437) your represenatatives(House & Senate) and tell them to demand impeachment(Bush,Cheney,Rice,Gonzales,etc.)

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By george S Semsel, January 19, 2007 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Mr. Redford - I appreciate your anger, and understand your request. Unfortunately, an apology is too late and not enough. For the good of the country, and all good people in the world, those responsible for the horrors of Iraq and beyond must be removed from office as quickly as their friends in the Supreme Court ushered them in. The arguments have been heard, there’s nothing more to say. Action is needed. There’s no logical reason to wait. Let’s pray those legally elected will act as we expected them to do when we voted for them.

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By Kathlyn, January 19, 2007 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment
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What I want to hear is:  Impeach.  Impeach.  Impeach.

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By Steve Hammons, January 19, 2007 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment
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People like Redford need to stand up before it is too late. If there is further escalation, in Iran, in Syria, the risk of a military draft in the U.S. seems real.

Many people believe war with Iran and Syria is something Bush, Cheney and their cronies are hungering for.

The article below looks at some of these issues:

Military Draft Needed for War With Iran and Syria?
By Steve Hammons
Thursday 20 September 2006

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By Steve Hammons, January 19, 2007 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment
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Redford is right. And a day of reckoning may come. In the news today, it was reported that US Attorneys are being quietly replaced, perhaps to protect the current administration legally from invetigations into corruption.

These issues also also addressed in the article below:

Going in circles: Vietnam, Iraq, calls for impeachment

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
January 12, 2007

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By William, January 19, 2007 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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While we are demanding apologies, lets not forget to include Gonzales.  I’m not saying Alberto should apologize, I’m saying shit for brains Bush needs to apologize for appointing this sorry underwear stain as the head attny of the U.S. I read today where this NAZI told a panel of Senators that the Constitution “does not guarantee the right of habeas corpus.” Even the right wingnut republican’s on the panel nearly soiled their pants when he made the statement. This bastard needs to be denied habeas corpus, go straight to Abu Garieb tortured and be allowed to rot in jail. This would give a bit of his own medicine for failing to defend the Constitution as he took an oath to do.  Can you believe this shit!!!!????

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By trantieungoc, January 19, 2007 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment
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You’re wrong Bob ! Iraqi people ought to say thanks to King George because of him they have luxurious life when bathing with BLOOD !

Also thanks to King George they have had almost 50,000 killed a year not included unaccounted number of massacre victims !

Thanks to King George we lost almost 9 Billion dollars each month to buy the Iraq war ! and this number will be increased when we still stuck in this nation without an exit !

And more…and more…the drama will never end when this criminal dynasty still exsists.

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By Step UP, January 19, 2007 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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Was my comment too edgy?

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By ezeflyer, January 19, 2007 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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Redford would be a great presidential candidate, not only because of our cult of personality, or that he has played the part in movies, or because he has the necessary backing, or is universally admired and respected, but because he is a strong environmental leader.  And with Global Warming our biggest threat and Gore out of the running, that is what we need now.

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By Larry, January 19, 2007 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment
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How can you be mad at King George we allowed him the power to do the things he and his seedy sidekicks have done. Now what needs to be done is these criminals need to go where the sun won’t shine for a long time.

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By Mel Trent, January 19, 2007 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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By pochoprof, January 19, 2007 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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As an American, I can not wait for this man’s administration to end.  Beyond the expression of justified anger, and an admission of grand deception, we need to be more critical of our political leaders who deign to pull something like this off.  Perhaps clear hindsight is at work here, but we gave him an inch, and he took a mile.
We deserve much better leaders than what we have received the past eight years…but their quality is only reflective of our engagement—holding their feet to the fire.

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By Speaking UP, January 19, 2007 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment
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“ATHENS, Georgia (AP)—Vice President Dick Cheney has bullied federal agencies and given absurd advice about the nation’s risk and Iraq, Walter Mondale said Friday.

Mondale said behavior such as Cheney’s never would have been tolerated when Mondale was vice president.”

  How many people have to STEP UP before these Hillbilly’s STEP DOWN?

What is it going to take?

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By GW=MCHammered, January 19, 2007 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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A genuine apology? Don’t hold your breath, Mister Redford.

The seven deadly traits of a narcissist are: shamelessness, magical thinking, arrogance, envy, entitlement, exploitation, and bad boundaries. Narcissist is not a label like right wing or left wing but it is a genuine developmental disability.

As evidenced in our Wall Street and Hollywood headlines, narcissistic traits are considered valuable, at least popular and perhaps even necessary, in our socio-capitalistic cultural. Indeed, and sadly, they are desirable neo-management traits. In this light, it’s really no surprise that Bush-Cheney and their agendas were popularized. Many Americans are either narcissists, children of narcissists and so curiously attracted to them, or simply overly admire the limelight status in our Yankee-Doodle Me-Club. Does the following feel bothersome or sound familiar?


Excerpt from:
Why Is It Always About You? Saving Yourself from the Narcissists in Your Life

The Narcissist we recognize as unhealthy is someone who, no matter what age, has not yet fully developed emotionally or morally. This person lacks a realistic sense of Self and an internalized system of values apart from unmitigated self-interest that guides behavior. In place of an accurate assessment of personal strengths, there is an exaggerated posture of importance unrelated to any real accomplishments. Instead of humility in the face of inevitable shortcomings, there is an overwhelming, and utterly intolerable, sense of shame, though this is often well disguised. There is also no ability to value, or often enough even to recognize, the separate existence or feelings of other people. The Narcissist may be intimidating, mesmerizing, even larger-than- life, but beneath the bombast or the charm is an emotional cripple with the moral development of a toddler.

The characteristic ways that Narcissists think and behave are what I describe in Part I as the Seven Deadly Sins. Some of these, such as entitlement and the rage that accompanies it, arrogance, and magical thinking, grandiosity and omnipotence are familiar faces of narcissism. But you may be surprised to learn that poor interpersonal boundaries, the emotional shallowness that stems from buried shame, envy and its sidekick contempt, and the exploitiveness that fills the vacuum created by the absence of empathy are even more indicative of unhealthy narcissism than an inflated ego or mere selfishness. These are the behavior and attitudes that protect an undeveloped Self at the expense of the well being of others. They are deadly because they invade and annihilate the integrity of everyone they touch, and sinful because they destroy the sinner as well. The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism not only hurt others, but they prevent the Narcissist from developing a genuine Self.
Our culture is full of narcissistic influences that numb us to the reality of the problems we face. To fight back, we need strong, real Selves that are capable of transcending mere self-interest. When we understand where self-esteem really comes from and make a commitment to raising healthy children - when this becomes our number-one priority - we will have turned the corner toward a better world.

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By David S., January 19, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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An apology, even an admission of guilt, will do little to bring back hundreds of thousands killed or give us a second chance to spend those billions of dollars on something useful.  I’m much more compelled by actors and film makers who use their visibility to urge the public to become civically engaged through film or even activism.

What good would an apology do coming from men and women who don’t believe they’ve done anything wrong anyway?

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By Marie, January 19, 2007 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, it is too late for an apology.  I demand a mea culpa, followed by a resignation of Bush, Cheney and Rice.
In 2000, I crossed my fingers and hoped that Bush wouldn’t be as bad as I feared—I was wrong; he is far worse.

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By Rodney Matthews, January 19, 2007 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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If anyone expects a apology from King George the Decider they may as well forget about it. He believes the Iraqi people should be thanking us for ruining their country. This egomanic never has and never will apologize for anything. Instead of looking for a apology, we need to be looking for articles of impeaghment from the congress.

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By Christopher Robin, January 19, 2007 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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The Republican party should apologize. But instead they will morph into Democrat lite….to lie another day.

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By Steven W. Graboski, January 19, 2007 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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I’m as angry as Robert Redford, but I don’t want an apology. It’s too late for that!  What I would like to hear is an admission from someone in King George’s present or past inner circle, that yes indeed the American people were deceived. The slanted build-up to that inevitable day when we were told that we were, in fact, going to invade Iraq was as transparent as George’s smile. Only the naive didn’t realize what was coming. The rest of us just sighed as we took the expected blow to the head. Boy, are we dumb.

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