Friday, March 16, 2012

The Killing Fields

There are only a handful of Hollywood actors that I do admire. Most of these Hollywood actors are so full of themselves, they’re involved in so many frivolities and are so narcissistic that I don’t waste my time with them. I couldn’t care less which of them is fucking who, who bought a multimillion dollar mansion or made a scene at a party… Some of them do not deserve to make the money they get for making a film, they might be beautiful to look at but their talent is nothing out of this world. There are others whose personal lives are worthless, but we must admit they are masters at their craft and I enjoy watching a film if they’re in it. Usually the starlets use their fame and money to bring attention to themselves; they couldn’t care less about the world that surrounds them.

Then we have those few and brilliant actors that deserve all the attention they get and all the money they make. These are the actors that I admire the most, not because of their career but because of who they truly are. They use their fame and fortune to help others or to bring attention to important issues which otherwise would go unnoticed. Such is the case with George Clooney. George Clooney doesn’t devote all of his spare time defending causes, after all he is a human being, but it is commendable that he does use most of his free time to do precisely that. While the starlets use every chance they get to promote themselves in front of the cameras, George Clooney uses his fame to bring attention to important issues, human issues.

The last thing he has done, on purpose and very successfully I may add, was to get arrested, handcuffed and taken away today for trespassing and protesting in front of the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C. It is said that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and Mr. Clooney’s passion must run in his genes, since his 78 year old father, Mr. Nick Clooney, was with him and was also arrested and his mother, Nina Clooney, was witnessing their efforts in support; she was very proud of her son and her husband. There were other public figures that were arrested with the Clooneys: Martin Luther King III; former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Mass.); Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.); Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Ben Jealous, President of NAACP.

George Clooney knew very well what he was doing. He is a public figure that knows how to use his fame and popularity to bring attention where it matters most, and this time the cause mattered… a lot.

Let’s begin by honoring Mr. Clooney’s wishes by exposing the criminal behavior of the government of Sudan.

President Omar al-Bashir has two arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The first arrest warrant was issued back in March 4th, 2009 which was overturned because of insufficient evidence to prosecute and the second one filed on July 12th, 2010 and this time the ICC found that there was sufficient evidence to charge al-Bashir of genocide. Since this brutal dictator took power and proclaimed himself “president”, according to Wikipidea, there has been an approximate 200,000 to 400,000 deaths in Sudan and more than 2.5 million people displaced in what it’s clearly an ethnic cleansing.

The government of Sudan is blocking any aid to the displaced people of Sudan, allowing women, children and men to slowly die of starvation while at the same time, conducting air attacks bombing these unarmed villagers who desperately run towards caves for protection. The world should not ignore these actions; we must stop this genocide from continuing a minute longer… Someone has to help these people; someone has to stop this massacre. All the countries that believe and stand for humanity should unite to stop and arrest the officials of Sudan; we as a united voice should demand it.

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