Dec 13 - Hollywood stars George Clooney and Don Cheadle have received the 2007 Peace Summit Award for their efforts to bring peace to Darfur.
The actors were presented with the award by former Soviet President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev.
Clooney and Cheadle have both made trips to Darfur in the past two years and spoken with government leaders about the humanitarian crisis in the region.
As Clooney states,
"The Simple truth is that when it comes to the atrocities in Darfur. Those people are no better off now as then they were years ago. The murders continue, the rapes continue and some 2.5 million refugees have yet to go home...and when they write about this the question will be asked...Where was the rest of the world and the answer will be...it just wasn't a priority. "I am the son of and journalist and I understand that Freedom of Speech doesn't give you the right to run into a crowed theater and yell "FIRE" unless of course there is one. And there is a FIRE."Sadly enough, we are lucky we have Hollywood..otherwise we wouldn't have DIPLOMACY in Africa. We'd be left with Wolfowitz and his wild ideas about Africa. (we already saw what is "ideas" did to Iraq...should we allow him to be "planning" for Africa?).
Sad. The United States has been reduced to "celebrity diplomacy" and Sub "machine gun" contractors as our Foreign Policy throughout the world. Blood Oil..rules the day....all in the name of "national security".
Anyways..Good job, George. Good job, Don. Thanks for doing the Department of State's job. Someone has to.
Same Players. Different Scandal.