Richard Gere slams Bush in anti-war attack
Richard Gere has slammed George W Bush and spoken out against possible war with Iraq at the 53rd Berlin Film Festival.
Gere was among a host of Hollywood celebrities in Berlin, eager to tout their anti-war sentiments.
The 53-year-old said: "Bush's plans for war are a bizarre bad dream. There doesn't appear to be any sort of basis for any of this.
"I have a feeling something hidden is at work here that will someday see the light of day.
"I keep asking myself where all this personal enmity between George Bush and Saddam Hussein comes from. It's like the story of Captain Ahab and the great white whale from Moby Dick."
Gere, a Buddhist, added: "We have to say 'stop', there's no reason for a war. At the moment Hussein is not threatening anybody.
"It'd be different if he was staring somebody down with a loaded gun in his hand. But there doesn't seem to be any indications whatsoever that this man poses an immediate threat to anybody.
"America has never paid any attention to other people, so it's absurd for Bush to say that it's all in the best interests of the Iraqi people.
"If the United States marches into Iraq without the backing of the United Nations, that will be done entirely without the backing of the American people."
Ananova - Monday 10th February 2003