Of all the surreal things that the aftermath of the terrorist
attacks has brought about, the repositioning of actress Angelina Jolie,
she of the bee-stung lips and surprise marriages, must be the
Jolie, previously a staple of the gossip pages, earned herself a mention
in The New York Times last week thanks to her $1 million donation
to alleviate the suffering of Afghan refugees.
And not just any paltry mention, either. She was up there in amongst an
in-depth examination of the volatile situation in Central Asia - a
slightly different editorial environment than the more usual rundown of
what she and Billy Bob have been up to.
What next? Ray Romano pops up in Pakistan as Bush's special envoy to the
Taliban? Eat your heart out, Jesse Jackson.