“We need to see a new attempt to resolve the conflict and greater efforts to support more than 13 million Syrians who are in desperate need. The reputation and credibility of the international system is at stake with so many thousands of lives threatened in Syria.“
Yes! Why didn’t anyone think of that? We need to resolve the conflict! Of course, Jolie would never approve of armed intervention, because she believes in non-violence. No, what is needed is, well, an attempt. You can read the rest of her noble, fatuous, narcissistic plea here.
I’m certain this will further enhance Ms. Jolie’s status as a humanitarian among the actress’s many sensitive, peace-loving followers. It would not surprise me if she adds to her list of awards because of it. Her words are worthy of the Pope, but to be fair, making empty, inspiring statements full of non-committal goodness is his job.
Whatever Jolie thinks she is accomplishing by making such an obvious, useless, pointless statement and having the news media duly report it as if she knew anything whatsoever about geopolitical tensions or could begin to suggest what “attempts” would consist of, what she is in fact doing is exploiting an international tragedy to gild her own perceived virtue. Her statement advances no objective or contributes any wisdom. Indeed, it interferes with legitimate efforts to deal with this difficult situation, because such statements mislead the public about the painful, indeed ugly trade-offs and choices necessary to deal with despots and evil in the world. I’m sure, if pressed to suggest what attempts she, in all her Hollywood-infused wisdom regarding foreign affairs, would advocate, she would insist that they be humanitarian in nature, and take into consideration the needs of all parties, as well as the root causes that lead to such violence and disruption. In other words, something.
Jolie’s grandstanding emboldens the lazy cowardice and ideological fantasizing that is allowing terrorists, dictators, genocide and chaos to run amuck in the world. She and those who think like her are what pushes a weak and disoriented leader like Barack Obama to have no foreign policy strategy whatever, and no resolve to develop one. You see, “attempts”— if they are going to accomplish anything tangible and lasting—require unpleasant consequences, risks, collateral damage, the abandonment of moral purity, the potential alienation of supporters and the willingness to accept accountability for all of it, if they are going to accomplish anything tangible. Sensitive, self aggrandizing celebrities like Jolie pretend otherwise, and give ignorant members of the public imagined validation for their own avoidance of reality.
She may mean well, but Angelina Jolie is the personification of the maxim that good intentions pave the road to Hell.
Pointer: Amy Alkon