Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 1:00am

"Just because we're actors isn't any reason to give us a voice on these issues more than anyone else," said Hollywood A-lister Bruce Willis in the March issue of Men's Journal.

The star of the Die Hard trilogy, whose latest cinematic turn is the military adventure Tears of the Sun, was referring to the Tinseltown activists who somehow think just because they appear on the big or small screen, they are somehow qualified to talk politics.

For example, Sean Penn paid a three-day "fact-finding" visit to Baghdad last December.

"If there is a war or continued sanctions against Iraq," said Penn, during a news conference in Baghdad, "the blood of Americans and Iraqis will be on our hands." Not the hands of Saddam Hussein, the mass-murderer and dictator, who continues to defy U.N. demands that his regime disarm itself.

Sentiments like Penn's are fairly widespread in that cuckoo-land known as Hollywood. It seems everyone with a Screen Actors Guild card thinks he or she knows more about foreign policy than Colin Powell.

Indeed, back in December, a hundred-something entertainment types, billing themselves as "Artists for Winning Without War," sent a letter to President Bush admonishing the commander-in-chief not to go to war with Saddam.

A war with Iraq, according to the wannabe secretaries of state, "will increase human suffering, arouse animosity toward our country, increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing in the world."

And, oh yes, it might interfere with Oscar night.

The anti-war "stars"

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