interview on 05/11/2007 on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, American Actor and
film maker, Sean Penn, described Bush’s demonization of Ahmadi-Nedjad as “lie”
and “spinning fear”.
Asked why his “strong politics” have not been
expressed in more “overtly political” films, Penn replied, “I don’t think there
is anything more overtly political than to be proactively human.
Penn who travelled to Iran as a journalist to
report on 2005 presidential elections, said his project on Iran “is to cut
through to some of the meaningless kind of spin that has numbed people from
understanding that people are people everywhere, and to be able to go there and
to report back some of the very shared humanity that we all have, wherever we
are coming from”.
When the presenter pointed out that President Bush
would say Ahmadi-Nejad was a danger to the world, Penn said “He [Bush] would lie
that way saying that, because he does not even recognize that Ahmadi-Nejad is
only a fractional leader there. This is all a kind of spinning fear and it has
never been properly debated, as Iraq was not properly debated, and in the
meantime the damage that's being done in the way that these things are
approached, prior to a military engagement is to make life so much cheaper in
the first place that people give in to letting the killers kill”.
You can listen to the whole interview which was
broadcast at 8:45 am on Monday 5th November by downloading the PodCast
below. (c) BBC