Farrell is an admirably committed activist who has on more than one occasion demonstrated a deft skill in neatly threading the political needle. Whether it has been his yeoman's work around Central America or his sometimes lonely opposition to capital punishment, Farrell has shown how to take a principled stand while pushing his issues further into the mainstream instead of toward the wastelands of the political margin.
(In the Mumia case, for example, Farrell has ardently argued that Mumia deserves a new trial but has steadfastly refused to call him a "political prisoner" as the fringies have demanded.)
Hats off, then, to Cortright in Wash-ington and Greenwald and Farrell here in Hollywood. They've come forward with some crucial, much-needed contributions to the peace movement, and, given the fundamentalist zeal of the Bush White House, not a moment too soon. I hear that as part of this new initiative, we may soon be seeing folks like Janeane Garofalo going on The Today Show and other network venues to argue the case against war. What a welcome relief that will be.
Just as I don't want George Bush making war in my name, I don't want apologists for Saddam Hussein like Ramsey Clark going on TV anymore speaking in my name for peace.