U.S. Should ‘Reclaim Mantle Of International Leadership,’ Take Lead On Humanitarian Crisis In Myanmar
New York Times: John McCain and Angelina Jolie: America Should Lead in Saving the Rohingya
John McCain (R-Ariz.), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angelina Jolie, filmmaker and co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative
“Around the world, there is profound concern that America is giving up the mantle of global leadership. … We need to show equal resolve now to stop the violence and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all Burmese peoples. The United States should take the lead …, and ask our partners and allies to join us. … While politics have left Americans deeply divided, we can all unite around the belief that a commitment to freedom, justice, and human rights has distinguished the United States as a great nation. Our failure to hold accountable those who commit mass atrocities and human rights abuses will lead to more violence and instability. As the humanitarian crises in Myanmar, Syria, and elsewhere intensify, the world is closely watching whether the United States will reclaim the mantle of international leadership and take action. For the sake of all people who still look to America as a beacon of hope and yearn for a future based on shared values, it’s critical that we do” (3/8).