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Jewish World Review
Oct. 18, 2006
/ 26 Tishrei, 5767
A reality check for Angelina Jolie
Hollywood actress and United Nations spokesmodel Angelina Jolie is wagging
her finger at the West for its indifference to refugees.
"It's a scandal, really, in such a rich world, that we are not even finding
a way to help feed refugee families properly," Jolie vented in the latest
issue of the U.N.'s "Refugees" magazine. The movie star, a U.N. "good will
ambassador" since 2001, singled out America and Australia as insensitive
countries who are turning their backs on the persecuted. Many refugees have
"died trying to get to the U.S. and Australia ," she writes. "But we don't
notice. We are simply affronted by their audacity."
Jolie bemoaned a photo taken on an unidentified beach in Spain in 2002,
which showed a couple relaxing under an umbrella not far from the washed-up
corpse of a black man (presumably a refugee, but who knows?). Her solution
to this supposed crisis of callousness? "[M]ore resources invested in the
regions the refugees first move to, so they don't feel they have to move on
unless they really want to; and more resources for countries where peace has
Increasing aid to a corrupt global bureaucracy may give comfort to
Hollywoodliberals. (How, by the way, does Jolie think peace is
"established?" With a magic wand? By wishing it so? By relying on feckless blue helmets who coddle
jihadists and other thugs?) In the land of make-believe, Jolie's call to
pour more tax dollars into the U.N. refugee agency's coffers might well help
to stem the refugee tide. But in the real world, it will only perpetuate
exploitation. The well-read actress ought to read up on the Kenyan bribery
scandal that has plagued the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR.
You want to talk about scandal? For years, U.N. staff members in
Nairobishook down African refugees seeking resettlement in North
America, Europe and Australia while the U.N. looked the other way. The
extortion racket charged up to $5,000 a head for resettlement rights.
Belated investigations found that the scandal wasn't the result of a few
rogue workers-but of negligent management that created a ripe atmosphere for
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You want to talk about callousness? Tell it to female and child refugees
across the Congo who have been victimzed by sexual predators protected among
the ranks of U.N. peacekeers and civilian staff. Last year, some 50 U.N.
peacekeepers and U.N. civilian officers faced an estimated 150 allegations
of sexual exploitation and rape in the Congo alone. The abuse is widespread
among U.N. personnel-from the Central African Republic to Bosnia and Eastern
Europe. Again, these refugees were exploited while U.N. management fiddled.
You want to talk about failing to take notice? As Claudia Rosett has
reported, the U.N. refugee agency sits on its hands while some 300,000 North
Korean refugees have endured decades of abuse and hopelessness underground
in China-where the $4.4 million-funded UNHCR office is fortified against
You want to talk about wasted resources? That $10 billion Saddam Hussein
siphoned off in the U.N. Oil-for-Food debacle could have fed a lot of hungry
Jolie excoriates the West for rethinking lax asylum and refugee policies in
a post-Sept. 11 world (even as the U.S. has just announced it will take in
some 13,000 refugees from Burundi who have spent 30 years in Tanzania). But
porous borders have aided jihadists from Bali to London to Berlin to Copenhagen
to Melbourne to Boston. Unlike jet-setting celebrities, the rest of us can't
fret about feeding every last of the world's refugees when the survival of
our own children's homeland is at stake.
No amount of ignorant Hollywood guilt-tripping can whitewash the United
Nations' abject humanitarian failures. And no sovereign country should
apologize for taking steps to look after its own first.
Angelina would do best to tuck her sanctimonious finger away and return to
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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