In what is presumably a bid
to gin up publicity for his new movie, 16 Blocks, movie tough-guy Bruce
Willis is talking tough about cocaine. In an
interview with the entertainment media web site UndergroundOnline,
Willis, who plays an burnt-out, alcoholic cop in the new flic, seemed to
be in character.
After announcing an deep
admiration for police officers -- "they are the last line between us and
the wolves and the chaos that's out in the world -- and a "strong affinity
for working class people," the multimillionaire Hollywood act told interviewer
Daniel Robert Epstein too little is being done about drug trafficking and
that he is thinking of challenging politicians to attack the drug trade
"I think what the United
States, and everyone who cares about protecting the freedoms that the largest
part of the free world now has, should do whatever it takes to end terrorism
in the world and not just in the Middle East," Willis said when asked whether
he supported violence in real life. "I'm talking also about going
to Colombia and doing whatever it takes to end the cocaine trade.
It's killing this country. It's killing all the countries that coke
goes into," he said in a fit of hyperbole.
"I believe that somebody's
making money on it in the United States. If they weren't making money
on it, they would have stopped it. They could stop it in one day,"
Willis continued. "It's just a plant that they grow, and these guys
are growing it like it's corn or tobacco or any other thing. By the
time it gets here (America), it becomes a billion dollar industry.
And I think that's a form of terrorism as well."
If Bruce Willis wants to
wage some cinematic war fantasy in Colombia as a means of "protecting freedoms,"
he might want to talk to the people who would be on the receiving end of
his tender mercies. Willis may be imagining Pablo Escobar, but his
invasion fantasy is more likely to hurt the thousands of peasant farmers
who depend on the crops. It looks like when it comes to intelligent
drug policy, the diehard is a blowhard.
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