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Angelina Jolie: We Have a Moral Obligation to Help Iraqi Refugees

Angelina Jolie: We Have a Moral Obligation to Help Iraqi Refugees

We have finally reached a point where humanitarian assistance, from us and others, can have an impact.

UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie visited Iraq earlier this month and penned her experience for The Washington Post.

Here are some excerpts from Angie‘s excellent opinion piece: “During my trip I also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has announced the creation of a new committee to oversee issues related to internally displaced people, and a pledge of $40 million to support the effort.

“My visit left me even more deeply convinced that we not only have a moral obligation to help displaced Iraqi families, but also a serious, long-term, national security interest in ending this crisis.

“Today’s humanitarian crisis in Iraq — and the potential consequences for our national security — are great. Can the United States afford to gamble that 4 million or more poor and displaced people, in the heart of Middle East, won’t explode in violent desperation, sending the whole region into further disorder?”

Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.

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  • guli

    Than you Jared!!! You are the best..

    She is amazing…..

  • QQQQ

    Thanks JJ… Great Article.

  • Andrómeda

    great article!!, love this woman!!, thanks JJ

  • Grace 1915

    Thanks for the new post JJ! Happy afternoon to everyone.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    Thanks Jared. You are the best.

  • missy

    how can you not love her!

  • PINKY JP

    Long overdue..thanks so much JJ.

    Very lovely afternoon JPfans!

  • http://www.justjared.com/ Just Jared

    Thank YOU, guli.

  • http://whatwehaveseen.blogspot.com/ MyEyeisonu

    I like the article. You can tell she speaks from the heart

  • christii

    new thread! this angelina jolie’s got everything! she writes wonderful!

  • Africa

    I truly admire this woman. Deus lhe abencoe e guarde!!!

  • Francesca

    She needs to butt out of this stuff before she causes some really big problems. She should not be allowed to involve herself in matters as sensitive as these are. She is overstepping boundries.

    ….And don’t tell me it’s her “moral obligation”. She could be endangering lives worse then they already are.

  • [☆F a m o u s☆]

    blah blah blah. stfu!

  • Lady G

    Angie is my girl!

    Angie truly understand what is important in life and she continues to make me proud to be her fan.

    Thanks for the new thread Jared!

  • PINKY JP

    Angelina, no one can “touch” you with their negativity because you are simply an amazing, kind and beyond compare!!! Love u so much!

  • angi

    Angelina Jolie is to be admired for her dedication and continuous desire to help those in need.

  • http://whatwehaveseen.blogspot.com/ MyEyeisonu

    os, we should all be interested in things that happen not only in the US but abroad.

    It is easy to talk about endangering lives but maybe you can be specific in how exactly you feel she is doing it. Others have also said the same things and whether she speaks out against it or not, it will not change the facts.

  • vidstr1

    Go Angie!

  • http://justjared.com ©-!

    Angie is the greatest of all.

  • tabitha

    What a great article. This is one of the reason we should not leave Iraq until IRaq is stable enough to achieve stability and prosperity for their own people .

  • Francesca

    She needs to make sure she doesn’t stir the pot!!! Things might not work out the way she thinks they will or wants them to.

  • jolierocks

    Awesome!

  • missy

    I guess she differs with Obama on pulling out of Iraq. I underestimated her… she’s got quite some sense after all!

  • jolierocks

    LOVE Angie’s article…concise, clear, and to the point!!!

  • PINKY JP

    # 13 [☆F a m o u s☆] @ 02/28/2008 at 2:38 pm blah blah blah. stfu!

    ****

    is that all you’re famous for – NOTHING – as in you’re blah – blah – blah THEN YOU GO STFU !

  • showers of Blessings

    God Bless the Jolie-Pitts

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  • Pretty In Pink

    She is simply amazing … full of energy and has her priorities in place.

  • jolierocks

    Keeping plugging away Angie – we LOVE and SUPPORT you all the way :D

  • http://justjared Felinelilly

    Thank you, Jared! I just love Angelina. I’m so proud to be her fan!

  • cook

    Fug,

    What’s the f uck up my man?…still swallowing those bitter pills I see…you gotta post more of that crazy s hit I rarely understand but seems funny as h ell…you know, break up the blahs…

  • pam

    She’s so beautiful. Great article!

  • Francesca

    #17,
    She can go wherever she wants spreading goodwill and helping out. That’s fine. But she shouldn’t step into overly sensitive matters like these. Things that could potentially involve the military, etc.

    However, since you mentioned the U.S.A…..Maybe she SHOULD spend a little more time reaching out to those who need help in this country instead of consorting with those tainted by the enemy.

  • Sasha

    This is just wonderful. Angie you are unbelievable, I have so much respect for this lady.
    Right now no one comes close to being compared with Angelina.

  • http://justjared.com appetizing
  • PINKY JP

    hahaha ok, back to Angie – What an awesome article!!! Wooohooo!

    God bless Angelina and her work with the UNHCR!!!

  • http://justjared Felinelilly

    This is a great article. She’s just so involved in what she does, not by name only like some others.

  • Pretty In Pink

    America broke Iraq. America is obliged to fix it or else the soldiers will return without honor and dignity.

    JMHO

  • um

    os @ 02/28/2008 at 2:45 pm

    there are bajillion people readhing out to people in the US.

    It’s not like she would be appreciated better by naysayers like you if she did.

    She marches to her own tune. She’s not some kid. she’s 31 years too old to follow someone else rules.

    I’m hoping for a new book.

  • Sasha

    OS,
    It is people like you that are causing Ameirca so much pain and money in Iraq.
    Someone has to tell it like it is. If not this country goes under. This is the wrong war and taking all of our troops out is not a good idea.
    I agree with some of the troops coming home but what about the country, people and lives that will be destroy if we leave all together.
    Pulling every soldier will come back and hunt us in the future.

  • CMAR

    Am bringing my post over from the previous thread.

    ( I also posted a comment on the wapo site, using the opportunity to blast those idiots who apparently failed to realize that Angie isnt referring to “staying in Iraq” as in a military, open-ended stay. She is speaking strictly about Iraqis staying in Iraq instead of fleeing and becoming refugees in other countries, thereby posing a longterm, international crisis somewhere own the road.
    ************************************************

    Hey BAMPZS+1 peeps! (I better get used to just saying ‘Jolie-Pitt peeps’ or ‘J-P peeps’, huh? :) :) :) :)

    Have been away for a few weeks now (long story) and cant believe how much has happened in J-P world since then!!!! Ye Gads! I missed you people!

    AM SO HAPPY FOR MY FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL FAMILY!!!

    And now to see this link to this article by Angie (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/27/AR2008022702217_pf.html)

    - (thanks Lady G and MMS) its fantastic! now lets see if all these bottomfeeding rags and blogs will pick this up.

    In the meantime, here’s an exercise for all us fans: lets keep a running tally of all the sites on which we see this article by Angie posted or referenced. In addition, lets each of us post the link on any other site that we visit if we dont see it posted.

    If sh*theads are going to mouth off lying crap about this family, lets force-feed them some truths and some REAL Jolie-Pitt news!

    BTW, its good to be back and to read the usual good stuff from great JP fans!

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Anustin!

  • iya

    oh my God she’s so wonderful.Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration.Angie!!!!

  • honor

    Iraq- Yes, another one of America’s sins.
    We owe it to the people of that country to do our best to help fix
    things before we pull out.

  • YVONNE

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stupid~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is

  • Sasha

    OS,
    Who the hell do you think you are. Right now you are over stepping your boundaries.
    Her comments must have been approved by the UNHCR and people like you do not matter because at the end of the day she does the walk and she should and she is doing the talk.
    So before you start complaining please walk the walk then maybe you’ll be allowed to talk.
    Right now your opinion is not needed and does not matter when it comes to sensitive and complicated matter such as THE UNHCR.

  • Janice

    I was just about to comment on the last thread. LOL. Lady & Tabitha thanks for posting this before JJ made it into a new thread ;)

    Well done Angelina.

    Wait for it guys…it will come..actually I see it has started already, people feel threatened that she has stepped out of her role as actor/entertainer and that she’s taken an interest in things other than tanning, shopping and walking the red carpet of every party in Hollywood.
    She has brought this issue to the forefront and her words ring true..would families and individuals displaced…be it.. without a home and foreseeable prospects if it wasn’t for this war?

    The inevitable will happen her words will get twisted and misconstrued.

  • passing through

    Thanks, Jared!

    Once again – we see some impressive and articulate writing from Angie. I just wish the Washington Post had left that stupid “actor” descriptor off her by-line!

  • Sasha

    I’VE NOTICED SOMETHING. THE MORE HATERS HATE ON THIS FAMILY THE MORE BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE THEY GET.
    MAYBE ANUSTIN AND HER FRUGLY FANS SHOULD STOP HATING THEN MAYBE LITTLE CRUMBS OF BLESSING MIGHT FALL ON THEM TOO.
    GOD BLESS THE JOLIE PITT FAMILY.

  • NOT HER WORDS & NOT IMPRESSED

    Well, I see Trevor Neilson is really earning his keep.

  • passing through

    I didn’t know it was Anustin’s b-day…

    Happy Birthday, Anustin! Hope you’re having a great one!

  • CMAR

    missy @ 02/28/2008 at 2:41 pm
    I guess she differs with Obama on pulling out of Iraq. I underestimated her… she’s got quite some sense after all!
    ***************************************************

    Dont get too excited yet, you little redneck. Angie isnt being partisan here. She is speaking strictly about Iraqis staying and refugees returning to their homeland – not about the US military staying for 10,000 more years as john mccain said.

    She’s a HUMANITARIAN not a POLITICIAN as she is often at pains to point out to her detractors. Like you.

    Understandest what thou readest?

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