Saturday, June 16, 2018

Of all the people to hate for the Iraq War, Angelina Jolie is really not one of them

Today, Angelina Jolie made her fifth humanitarian trip to Iraq.

  1. In Mosul, visiting displaced families with special envoy Angelina Jolie
  2. “This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years working with UNHCR.” Special Envoy Angelina Jolie
  3. "I met parents whose 17-year-old daughter lost her legs in a mortar-strike. When they carried her to get medical treatment they were turned away, and she bled to death." UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie met Mohamed and his family in West Mosul, Iraq. 🔗
  4. UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets Falak, 8, during a visit to West Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday. Falak has a gene disorder and PTSD, she spoke to Jolie about seeing a man killed in front of her during Daesh group occupation of the city.
  5. During the offensive to retake the city from ISIS, Mohamed’s house was hit by an airstrike killing his 17 year-old daughter and destroying most of the home. This visit was Angelina Jolie’s 61st mission – and her 5th to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency.

  1. Angelina Jolie visited Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday to raise awareness of the dire humanitarian situation that plagues the city almost one year after its liberation from ISIS

  1. “Nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others.” — Angelina Jolie
  2. "The girls I met talked about the years of not being able to go to school, and of seeing people killed, and of feeling too afraid to leave their houses." - UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, pictured meeting 8-year-old girl Falak, in West Mosul, Iraq. .

Angelina Jolie traveled to Mosul almost a year after its liberation from ISIS forces, describing "the worst devastation" she's seen in her dozens of missions for the UNHCR:
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‘You can smell the bodies’: Angelina Jolie in one year after ‘liberation’ by US-led coalition

Angelina is attempting to help.  Some people can't handle that.

Opportunists International: Angelina Jolie - who backed Washington's 'surge' in , which led to the creation of , then to the destruction of Mosul and Raqqa - comes back to cry for refugees . Remember this:

First off, the so-called 'surge' did not create ISIS.  Stop lying, Tim Anderson.  You can't even keep your lies straight, in fact.

Washington created through the and the ongoing US occupation in and presence in maintains those same terrorists.

The persecution of the Sunnis -- by the US government and by the Iraqi government -- created ISIS.  Nouri al-Maliki's actions led to the rise of ISIS.  Those who follow what happened?  We know what happened.  We're not Tweeting one day that X created ISIS and then another day that Y created ISIS and then yet another day that Z created ISIS and . . .

You just make s**t up because there's so much hate in your heart.  At least aim it in the right direction and not at Anglina Jolie.

As for your b.s. about her "backing" the 'surge'?

The 'surge' was already in place.  That's 2007, you idiot.  A year later, she's visiting Iraq to advocate for refugees.  That is her role.  She was asked about the current conditions and commented.  In a way that the UN trains you to comment.

So back the hell off, Tim Anderson.  You're an embarrassment.  There are plenty of things to hate in this world, Angelina Jolie is not one of them.

Make an argument that by attempting to help refugees in an occupied country, she is cooperating with the occupiers.  I can respect that.  But to just lie.  And to be so uninformed about ISIS.

Angelina is trying to help.  That doesn't make her right.  It does mean that you should at least be honest if you're trying to criticize her. 

And I do believe that you can make the argument that she's sued to give a happy face to the occupation.  I also don't know what would happen to the few refugees helped if she wasn't drawing attention to the plight.

It's the same dilemma I had with Marla Ruzicka's actions.  I didn't condemn Marla and I don't condemn Angelina.  But if you want to make an argument that actions are used to sugar coat the occupation, make that argument. 

In Iraq, the big news of the week remains Moqtada al-Sadr's teaming with Hadi al-Hameri.  This was Moqtada's way of circumventing the US government plans to disqualify the election results -- the results that found Shi'ite cleric and movment leader Moqtada in the lead and militia leader Hadi in second place.  REUTERS' journalist Ahmed Aboulenein offers this analysis:

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