Angelina Jolie Defends U.N.
On March 15, Hollywood darling Angelina Jolie addressed a crowd at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland honoring Sergio Vieira de Mello, a U.N. envoy killed in Iraq in a 2003 bombing. During the event, Jolie defended the United Nations following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's announcement that the United States would leave the United Nations Human Rights Council if it did not reform. The White House also said it would consider cutting billions of dollars in aid to the U.N.
Jolie, who is a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, called for a renewed commitment to the United Nations from the United States despite its imperfections. She also appealed to internationalism, stating that "if governments and leaders are not keeping that flame of internationalism alive today, then we as citizens must." She also said the following:
We have to recognize the damage we do when we undermine the U.N., or use it selectively, or not at all. There is not a single humanitarian appeal anywhere in the world that is funded by even by half of what is required.
While Jolie speaks highly of what the United Nations can do, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney acknowledged that the United Nations failed to act upon genocide at the hands of Islamic State. In addition, the United Nations failed to implement a cease fire in Syria and its members have openly discussed boycotting Israel, the only Jewish state and the only democratic nation in the Middle East.
Jolie joins countless other left-leaning individuals who take issue with Trump's decision to place the United Nations on the chopping block. However, the U.N. has considerable problems from its peacekeepers engaging in child sexual abuse to allowing its schools to store weapons for terrorists waging war against sovereign nation-states.