An impassioned Muslim lawyer this week lambasted the United Nations for its inaction against ISIS.
The speaker talked about attacking and stopping ISIS in the type of rhetoric Americans have come to expect from President Donald Trump.
\However, the speaker was Amal Clooney, a lawyer who represents victims of ISIS, and the wife of actor George Clooney, one of Hollywood’s pre-eminent critics of Trump.
Her two roles were on display Wednesday, for even as she was calling for strong foreign policy actions, some of the media was more interested in reporting that she was pregnant and discussing the existence of her “baby bump.”
That what she was saying became second to what she wore and how she looked was criticized by some in the media.
Amal Clooney shows off her baby bump at the United Nations https://t.co/EvO1cIvKDu
— TIME (@TIME) March 9, 2017
Oh, c’mon. Better headline: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney calls for action at U.N. against genocide and mass rape of the Yazidi people. https://t.co/KUGKW16XzX
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 10, 2017
“Some of the baby-bump hoopla made it seem as though the lawyer was gallivanting on a beach in a bathing suit, ‘showing off’ her pregnant belly or posing for a photographer in a Beyoncé-esque, flower-adorned pregnancy announcement, resting her hand on her bare stomach,” wrote Samantha Schmidt in the Washington Post. “Those watching her speech would have hardly noticed her barely visible bump, unless, of course, they were specifically looking for it.”
Those watching, and listening, would have heard an uncompromising call to action to wipe away ISIS.
“I am speaking to you, the Iraqi government, and to you, U.N. member states, when I ask: Why? Why has nothing been done?” she said.
Clooney said the U.N.’s inaction was not because it has not been prodded.
“Since my last address, I have supported the United Kingdom’s initiative to have the Security Council set up an investigation into ISIS’ crimes in Iraq,” Clooney said. “Over the last few months, I have met with Iraqi, EU and U.N. officials and members of the Security Council, including the Russian and U.S. ambassadors, to discuss this initiative. All of them expressed support for the idea of a U.N. investigation to be established by the Security Council with Iraq’s cooperation.”
“The Council could, of course, act without this letter,” Clooney said. “It could establish the investigation without Iraq’s consent. Or the secretary-general could launch an investigation. But none of this has happened yet. “
“Instead, mass graves in Iraq still lie unprotected and unexhumed,” Clooney said. “Witnesses are fleeing. And there is still not one ISIS militant who has faced trial for international crimes anywhere in the world.”
Clooney said the inaction of the U.N. is a wrong equal to the atrocities of ISIS.
“If we do not change course, history will judge us, and there will be no excuse for our failure to act,” she said.
“A lack of accountability simply leads to continuing cycles of vengeful violence. So killing ISIS on the battlefield is not enough. We must also kill the idea behind ISIS by exposing its brutality and bringing individual criminals to justice.”
“Don’t let this be another Rwanda, where you regret doing too little, too late,” she concluded. “Don’t let ISIS get away with genocide.”
In the past, Clooney has sounded a note of cautious hope that Trump might be the leader who will effectively destroy ISIS.
“(Trump) has said that fighting ISIS is actually a priority,” she said. “So it may be that there can be progress, and obviously everyone has to respect the outcome of the democratic process here, and we have to hope for the best.”
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