Angelina Jolie Tackles War Rape


Fresh off of advocating for elective mastectomy, movie star/director/almost-wife of Brad Pitt, the biological father of three of her six children, Angelina Jolie is stepping forward to join the fight to demand a halt to sexual violence in war zones.

Until being bedded by the anti-war rape spokesperson, Brad Pitt was the husband of Jennifer Aniston. Now, while his lover serves as special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and makes comments about rape and war at events like special screenings at the U.N. University in Tokyo, Brad is the babysitter.

That aside, what would be interesting to hear from Ms. Jolie is how one goes about preventing rape in war zones. Does one counsel the pillagers, or explain to them that rape is mean-spirited, or would threatening to perform surgery similar to what Jolie had, only much further down, do the trick?

Is Angelina Jolie’s ultimate goal to demand war without violence? How about kinder, gentler wars? Or is it the hope that nice-looking Hollywood adulterers have the clout to convince wartime rapists to just stop it?

As part of a campaign launched with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Jolie said that she’s hoping her first film as writer and director, In the Land of Blood and Honey, a fictional tale of a romance between a Bosnian Serb man and a Bosnian Muslim woman set during the 1990’s Balkans war, will motivate audiences to think about rape in war.

It’s a pity that Dutch journalist Dina Zakaria, prior to being raped by men who dub themselves revolutionists in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, didn’t get to speak with Angelina. There’s a good chance that the actress could have given Dina pointers on how to get the assailants to think more humanely before they gang-raped her.

Moreover, whether it was Jolie’s indignant authoritative presence or the screening of her movie, either one might have also prevented a group of men from ripping off CBS reporter Lara Logan’s clothes and “raping her with their hands” when she was also sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square.

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