Yesterday we brought you the news Angelina Jolie (!) would be penning a column in the Economist's "World In 2008" supplement. This morning we actually read the column, thanks to a highly-placed source at a celebrity tabloid. It is about Darfurian genocide; specifically, how she would like to see the perpetrators of that genocide put on trial. "Make no mistake, the existence of these trials alone changes behavior," she wrote. "Like the Nuremberg Trials ended anti-Semitism?" the Anonymous Lobbyist wanted to know. To be sure, Pol Pot stayed alive under house arrest all those years after spearheading the butchery of a third of the Cambodian population, but when he heard the Khmer Rouge would be handing him over to be tried for war crimes, he totally killed himself! Argh. Okay, but we don't need Harvey Levin to tell us: there's something about a trial that makes it all seem real. The endless cross-examinations, the recesses and the crappy courtroom food; you usually don't leave one without thinking, "Wow, something really fucked up happened there and despite some conflicting testimony I'm pretty sure I can see how it all went down!" And think of all the celebrities who'd flock to the Hague! Do they have any better ideas?
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