March 30, 2010

Mathew Modine, Bin Laden, and Soldiers' Ride

Jack Kemp

Today Noel Sheppard in Newsbusters http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/03/30/actor-we-need-ask-osama-bin-laden-why-hes-mad-us#ixzz0jhdvBw5M  informed us that  actor Mathew Modine had made the following public quote (also imbedded in a video within the article):

“But we have to do that all the time in different ways with our children or with people who see things differently than us. Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama Bin Ladin and say, "Listen man, what is it that you're so angry at me about that you're willing to have people strap bombs to themselves, or get inside of airplanes and fly them into buildings?" That would be the miracle if we can get, sit down and talk to our enemies and have a fine way for them to hear us.”

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Now perhaps many of Mathew Modine’s friends in the acting community do not know this, but he has been the organizer/host of the New York City Soldiers’ Ride, an official event of the veterans’ charity Wounded Warriors http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/  It is also held in many other parts of the United States each year. Personally attending last July’s New York event (as a non-riding journalist), I wrote at the Birdnow Website (as some of you may recall) that:

http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/soldier_ride_comes_to_macys_brooklyn_and_long_island

 “Hours ago that morning, the Wounded Warrior Project, Macy's and actor Matthew Modine (a cycling activist who urges riding a bike to work at least part time to save energy) were holding a press conference in the lobby of Macy's main store at Herald Square before going out onto Broadway to start their ride north through Central Park, then south to the tip of Manhattan, north onto the Brooklyn Bridge and finally south to their destination in the New Utrecht-Bensonhurst neighborhood of that borough. When Modine, sporting a casual non-Hollywood attitude, emerged from Macy's, he was joined by 27 soldiers (some of them wounded veterans, two awarded Silver Stars), three Israeli soldiers (the next ride will have British Special Air Services riders), some high fashion models and a number of volunteers, many of them from Macy's.”

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Modine showed up was photographed - by myself - wearing a Wounded Warriors biking shirt as he rode with the veterans.

All this begs a few questions.

Couldn't Modine ask the regular soldiers or an officer he accompanied through the streets of New York or with whom he later ate at a street party buffet in Bensonhurst why Bin Laden is so angry?

If Mathew Modine thinks that diplomacy is the answer, what was he doing riding 20 miles through New York with a bunch of people dedicated to a military solution?

Will Mathew Modine be there at the starting line in 2010, in front of Macy's, to accompany the Wounded Warriors as they ride through the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn?

I'm sure Modine doesn't see any contradictions in his words and actions. That's why he is an actor.

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Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 05:55 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 "I'm sure Modine doesn't see any contractions"  should be "contradictions."

Posted by: Alma at April 01, 2010 11:11 AM (K3K0S)

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Thanks, Alma; as Editor-in-Chief it's my responsibility to catch those things. I fear editing isn't my bailiwick.

This site tends to be "raw" because the editor tends to be pretty lame...

Thanks for the head's up!

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at April 02, 2010 05:15 AM (bHxmI)

3 Heh!  "Contractions" indeed.

Last weekend I was listening to a news broadcast on the radio -- they played a clip from somewhere reporting about "secretarian" violence in Iraq.

I think we need to send in somebody to help get those Iraqi secretaries unionized; then maybe they'll stop being so violent.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at April 02, 2010 02:17 PM (6wX4f)

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