Ever since watching The Odessa File, I’ve liked Hollywood actor Jon Voight as an actor. My admiration for him as a human being probably began when I heard of his contributions to many noble causes, including efforts to commute the life sentence of Jonathan Pollard, and the annual Chabad Telethon.[Many would also list among his contributions to humanity the fruit of his loins – his daughter Angelina Jolie. But if you get past the superficial, I would contend that she isn’t “all that.”]
Now he has been interviewed by Radar, and I have even more reason to admire him as a person.
For instance, here’s Jon..
On the troops:
I was deeply impressed by them. Most I spoke to were young people, around 20 years old. And they were really very eloquent, very positive, very respectful. You have to be proud of the children we’re turning out from looking at this group of people. For me, I would much rather hear from these guys than the people who are presenting the news on television on a daily basis.
On the Iraq War:
Here’s what I think: this is a real war, extended beyond the borders of Iraq.
My view of it is this: they say our president lied to us. Well, he didn’t lie to us, everybody else had the information he had, and they voted for that tactic. And the idea of weapons of mass destruction, whether they were in fact removed to other places, to Lebanon, to Syria, that’s still in play, we don’t know the full answer of where all that stuff went, because they had it, they have the pieces.
On the war on terror:
The war on terror is real. People would have you believe it’s not real. This is not Vietnam. This particular situation is not the same wherein we can walk away and just leave destruction behind us. No, we can’t. Anyone who has paid attention to what [Iranian President] Ahmadinejad is saying, what all the mullahs are saying in this country and in England, and in all of the Arab world, this is serious‚ they’re calling for the destruction of America and all democracy and that’s what’s going on. We could lose this war.
On the Patriot Act:
Yes, I’m a supporter of the Patriot Act. I support protecting us and investigating anyone who indicates they’re going to be dangerous to our country. … I certainly hope we’re paying close attention to all those people crossing our borders who might be dangerous to us. We know for sure there are cells in the United States that are ready to erupt. We know that Hezbollah is here; we know there are cells from different terrorist organization that are here and operational and that there are others waiting too. So listen, it’s a serious business. It’s wartime, guys. .
On Islamic Fundamentalism:
When we look around and see the evidence of what is being done and the preparations that are being made to disrupt our country and to destroy it. This growing cancer of fanaticism, it’s like 1938‚Äîit’s very, very similar….We’re debating things instead of recognizing that the real fundamental aspect is that we’re at war with a very vicious, very clever enemy.…And it’s interesting that we have the same problem facing us now with the Islamic fanatics calling for the destruction of America and all of democracy. It seems there’s always a face of evil putting on a mask of God-like beliefs to destroy true believers of innocence and good…..because of what we’re going through with religious fanaticism and the form it’s taken‚ÄîIslamic fundamentalists… How programming can so distort a person that they strap a bomb onto their back and go onto a bus and kill innocent people. How can that be?
Of course, you can read the whole interview here.