Amal Clooney is being lauded for her powerful Thursday address to the United Nations urging a harder stance against the Islamic State. Often acknowledged as George Clooney’s token Muslim wife and a leftist Hollywood celebrity, Amal’s stance on terrorism is pleasantly shocking the media.
But it shouldn’t.
Amal is a human rights lawyer who is simply doing her job. She is representing victims of ISIS rapes and kidnappings. Not criticizing the U.N. for their indifference to ISIS or their weak efforts on justice would be incredibly lazy and even dishonest on her part.
“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, dramatically adding, “Don’t let ISIS get away with genocide.” Watch her address below:
If U.N. does not crack down on ISIS, "history will judge us, and there will be no excuse for our failure to act," Amal Clooney warns pic.twitter.com/T3HDDpCOIg— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 10, 2017
She’s right. The U.N. is notorious for its failure to condemn massive human rights violations across the globe, often only picking at reachable countries while conveniently ignoring regimes that have out-of-control murder rates. She says the world needs to stop turning a blind eye to the war crimes committed by radical Islamic terrorists; and it should.
But Amal is not the first person who raised these sentiments. Donald Trump practically ran his presidential campaign on advocating a harder stance on terrorism, and Hollywood elitists bashed him for it. Leftist academics went so far as to accuse the United States of being a larger world threat than ISIS.
Amal’s own husband called Trump a ‘xenophobic fascist’ for proposing an extreme vetting immigration process.
Amal, on the other hand, expressed subtle optimism regarding Trump’s willingness to fight ISIS. “The president-elect 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.” Her husband, George, told the press he was ‘proud’ of her ‘very important’ work against ISIS.
Amal is being lauded for pitching a message that Trump was regarded a monster for campaigning on. That is because the war on terror is still seen as a partisan issue. Amal’s passionate approach to fighting ISIS is good because it can change that. It can lead more leftists to join in and unite against ISIS, making us stronger. But let us not forget that this is not as praiseworthy as it is expected of anyone who claims to care about human rights.