UNITED NATIONS: Madeleine Albright
Randy Black writes: Regarding Jon Kofas’ claims, the UN Secretary General is not a lawyer, much less one whose word carries the power of the courts. He is an economist who is deeply involved in the bribery and corruption elements of the secret deals that he, his family members, the French leaders, Russians and others carried out in order to bypass the UN resolutions regarding “oil for food” program. Albright was the key proponent and supporter of that program. That the UN SC made such a statement has no basis legally to support Mr. Kofas’ claim, "The UN Secretary General has declared this war illegal, therefore all acts of violence in Iraq carried out by the U.S. and its allies are war crimes"
That "Albright may or may not have stated that Bush advisors entertained plans to invade Iraq in the 1990s" is simply an outrageously deceptive statement and unsupportable. Albright did say the following in 2000: "Ten years ago today, Saddam Hussein violated international law and betrayed pledges made to Arab leaders by launching a brutal invasion of Kuwait. The world bore witness as Iraqi tanks, troops, and gunships carried out unprovoked aggression against a neighboring Arab nation. During the invasion and subsequent occupation, the Iraqi regime perpetrated systematic atrocities against the Kuwaiti people. Torture, mutilation, rape and murder were used as deliberate weapons of intimidation and terror. The Iraqi forces looted Kuwaiti museums, businesses, and homes. They pillaged its industries, ravaged its environment, and took thousands of its residents hostage.
…The end of the war could have been the beginning of Iraq's recovery and reintegration into the family of nations. All that was required was for Saddam Hussein to meet the requirements insisted upon by the Security Council. These were designed not to punish Iraq, but rather to prevent renewed aggression, and to gain an accounting of the more than 600 Kuwaitis missing after being abducted by Iraqi forces during the war.
If Baghdad had simply met these obligations, the UN's economic sanctions would long ago have been lifted. Instead, Saddam lied repeatedly to UN weapons inspectors and sought to conceal and preserve his capacity to build weapons of mass destruction. As a result, the UN-required process of disclosure, inspection, and monitoring that should have taken months to establish instead took years and is still not complete.
This illustrates the fundamental choice Saddam has had throughout the past decade. He has always had the option to comply with the UN requirements, cease to be a military threat to his neighbors, end his people's isolation, and enable Iraq to once again become a normal, law-abiding country. But he has stubbornly refused to follow this path.
Instead, he has chosen to defy the UN, rebuild his military to the extent he can, and exploit the suffering of Iraqi civilians in order to gain sympathy for lifting sanctions. …Saddam still thinks his strategy will succeed. He is determined to continue crushing all signs of opposition within Iraq. He is counting on the world community to forget his past use of chemical weapons, his preparations for launching warheads containing biological arms, and his efforts to build nuclear bombs.>>
Ms. Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelova. Her parents, Josef Korbel, a diplomat, and Mandula Spiegel, were Jewish. Many of her relatives, including Albrights’ grandparents on both sides, died in the concentration camps. She lied about her background for decades but finally admitted the deception when she was outed by a Washington Post reporter in the late 1990s.
(She entered politics) in 1984 she (as) foreign policy adviser to vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. By 1988 she was advising presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. In the course of that doomed crusade she met Bill Clinton and wrote him a letter of recommendation to the Council on Foreign Relations. A few years later, he named her ambassador to the United Nations.
Albright's U.N. tenure is best remembered for two things: her sandbagging of Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and her proclamation that Cuba's shooting down of planes flown by anti-Castro exiles took "not cojones" but "cowardice." Both of these statements were calculated to play well at home and to outrage the rest of the world. Since becoming secretary of state in early 1997, Albright has similarly done better on the domestic front than in the international sphere, enjoying a long media honeymoon, holding hands with Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., persuading a recalcitrant Congress to ratify the chemical weapons conventions, and pushing for NATO expansion."
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Ronald Hilton 2004
December 5, 2004