Remember when George Clooney first started dating Amal and people mistook her for his arm candy? Well, his now-wife has proven everybody wrong. Amal Clooney is a human rights lawyer, worthy of plenty of accolades herself. Her latest career venture proves just how seriously she takes her work. According to a Monday interview with the TODAY Show, Clooney wants to take ISIS to trial. While she and her husband understand the risks, she's truly passionate about justice being served and is currently making the legal case to world leaders and diplomats. Specifically, she wants to bring the terrorist group up on charges of genocide.
When the NBC's Cynthia McFadden mentioned how some people believe ISIS should just be bombed, Clooney responded with class and logic. She said,
"It’s not enough. You can’t kill an idea that way. I think one of the ways to take action that way is to expose their brutality and corruption, and partly you can do that through trial."
As for what exactly inspired her to take action, Clooney credits a young Iraqi woman named Nadia Murad, who was captured by ISIS in 2014, but escaped after three months of being tortured and raped. Speaking of now 23-year-old Murad, Clooney said, "She made me make the decision, because I met her and I just thought I can't walk away from this." As for getting her husband on board, she explained, "[George] met Nadia too and I think he was moved for the same reasons and he understood, I mean, this is my work."
Everybody should take five minutes out of their day to watch the inspiring clip below. It'll help you better understand why Clooney is pursuing this important project.
During the interview, Clooney also shifted the spotlight of the conversation from herself to Murad's resiliency. She continued,
"I don’t think anyone can feel that they’re being courageous compared to what Nadia is doing. You know, it’s no joke. This is ISIS. They have sent her very specific threats, saying we will get you back."
No joke, indeed. While she's quick to focus on Murad instead, it's still admirable that Clooney is making this her passion project. It's undeniably a scary venture, but one worth tackling. They're both brave women for speaking out and fighting for justice.