Hollywood director Oliver Stone’s son Sean made news last year when he said he’d converted to Islam on Valentine’s Day while working on a film in Iran and that he believed then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was “misunderstood.”
Now the 28-year old actor and director is voicing his opinions on the Quran (“a very sensible book”), 9/11 (“an inside job”), Hezbollah (“don’t consider them to be terrorists”) and Iran (a “very civilized people").
The younger Stone, who says he is part Jewish and was baptized a Christian before converting to Shi’a Islam, shared his views in an interview last week with RT, the Russian government’s English-language television network.
“The Quran is a very sensible book. If you read it, frankly it makes a whole lot of sense regarding their interpretation of Jesus who they look to as a prophet. And obviously the Abrahamic lineage from Abraham to Moses are all very much respected in the Quran,” Stone said (emphasis added).
Revealing opinions in line with so-called 9/11 “truthers,” Stone said, “9/11 was probably an inside job of some kind that it was not simply a rag-tag group of terrorists led by bin Laden who conducted this operation.”
Speaking to an interviewer who expressed sympathy for his opinions, Stone called the U.S. war on terror in response to the attacks on the U.S. homeland “over a decade of constant fear mongering and aggression.”
“Despite the fact that there’s more awareness on it, why is it that we do continue to see this propaganda about the boogeyman terrorists whether they be Muslim or Russian or North Korean or what not? What is that system? It’s a cycle of fear. It’s a cycle that has to be broken internally,” Stone said.
Oliver Stone has in the past railed against what he called Israel’s “powerful lobby in Washington” and it appears his son sympathizes with his views. Sean Stone referred to Israelis as “European settlers” who don’t feel “comfortable in what is historically Palestine.”
The younger Stone says many Middle Easterners object to Israel’s existence, because they view it “as a crusader state, a crusader kingdom.”
“So when they see all these European, Russian Jews, coming to Israel, they’re saying look at these European settlers. They’re not Jews from this region, they have no ties to the land,” he said.
“Now, I’m not a proponent of attacking Israel or trying to dissolve it at this point, but I’m simply saying that that is why there’s so much antagonism to Israel,” Sean Stone added.
Stone spoke to Fox News' Bill O’Reilly last year about his impressions of Iran, saying “With Ahmadinejad, he’s a little bit misunderstood because there are many factions in that country and he said some sensational things.”
On Hezbollah, which Iran funds and trains, Stone now says it’s “debatable” if the group is terrorist.
“As they operate within Lebanese borders, I don’t’ consider them to be terrorists. I see them as defenders of Lebanese sovereignty because they, Lebanon has been invaded numerous times by Israel,” Stone said.
“So Iran as a terrorist sponsor I think is a great exaggeration,” Stone added.
Stone compared suicide bombers to U.S. military drone strikes on terrorists, saying “the whole concept of terrorism is quite insane at this point where we have drones and missiles being launched and killing hundreds of thousands of people in that region, across the Middle East, across North Africa since this war on terrorism occurred.”
“Because we killed them with our missiles, we don’t consider ourselves terrorists. We only consider those who blow themselves up terrorists. And obviously you cannot create that qualification. That’s a 1984 Orwellian double speak term,” Stone said.
“So, the idea of Iran as this great terrorist enemy is not true. They’re very civilized people, they have a 3,000 year history,” the actor said.
“They are not looking to destroy themselves in the process of a war against … Israel unless there’s a good motivation to do so,” he added.
The interview can be seen in the end of this video from RT:
(H/T: The Algemeiner)