George Clooney Pleads for Diplomatic Action in Sudan

10/12/2010 AT 08:30 AM EDT

He's handsome and has a heart – what can't this guy do?

With Sudan again spiraling toward civil war, George Clooney is calling for aggressive diplomacy to avoid another potential genocide in the Sudan region.

"I think it can be stopped," the Oscar-winning actor and director said Tuesday on NBC's Today show. "We stopped [the earlier civil war] in 2005 with diplomacy. We didn't stop it with soldiers. So, yes, if we get involved now, we have a shot."

Clooney, 49, who traveled in Sudan recently, says there's an overwhelming consensus that Sudan is primed to explode – you don't have to take his word for it.

"It doesn't matter what I believe, because obviously I'm an actor," he says. "The Secretary of State said it's a ticking time bomb. The CIA said this is the next genocide if we're not careful – it is the biggest risk. The president has said as much."

He adds: "Everyone acknowledges that this is what is going to take place if someone doesn't moderate and mediate. … I'm just trying to say it as loud as possible."

Clooney has set up a Web site,, to continue his call for intervention.

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