“I would not shoot”: comments Lars Eidinger after the criticism of Open Letter – Panorama – Society

An open letter addressed to Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his stance on the war in Ukraine has caused contentious debate since its publication. Celebrities such as feminist Alice Schwarzer, writer Martin Walser, science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar and actor Edgar Selge have called on Scholz to stop delivering heavy weapons to Ukraine.

The signatories write in the letter published Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin should have no motive to extend the war to NATO. They warn of the danger of a Third World War.

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The letter also received widespread criticism in the comments and on Twitter. Some compare it to the #allesdichtmachen campaign, in which 50 German-speaking actors satirically criticized Corona policy in April 2021. The initiative caused a lot of outrage.

He believes in ideals

Signatories include actor Lars Eidinger, who has now issued a statement in English on his Instagram account. He talks about himself as an eighteen-year-old who refused to work with a gun at the time. One of the key questions he had to answer was: how would he react if someone close to him was threatened with a gun and had the chance to kill the attacker?

His answer was: He wouldn’t shoot, so as not to trigger the spiral of aggression. He still believes in those ideals today, even if it sounds like a utopia, writes Eidinger.

He talks about himself as an eighteen-year-old who refused to work with a gun at the time. One of the key questions he had to answer was: how would he react if someone close to him was threatened with a gun and had the chance to kill the attacker?

His answer was: He wouldn’t shoot, so as not to trigger the spiral of aggression. He still believes in those ideals today, “even though it may seem like a utopia,” Eidinger writes. “Especially now that the Russian government is using extreme brutality in Ukraine.”

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In the comment columns, he received approval, for example, from fellow actor Moritz Bleibtreu. Others, in turn, criticized his post. Green politician Erik Marquardt writes, for example: “I see the spiral of escalation more likely if Ukraine is unable to defend itself against this war of aggression. This defense against a murderous aggressor is not simply a “war” that must end, but the prevention of atrocities, of dictatorship and perhaps also of fascism”.

Another user speaks of “terrible self-pity” and a self-overestimated German “cultural bubble”. And a user invited Eidinger to come to Mariupol. (cac, dpa)

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