Friday, May 18, 2007

Immigrant of the Day

Albright_2 Madeleine Albright Former U.S. Secretary of State (Czech Republic)

Madeleine Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová, IPA on May 15, 1937) was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996 and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelová in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), and raised in the Roman Catholic Church by her parents, who had converted to Catholicism from Judaism in order to escape persecution. In 1939 the Korbel family fled to London after Bohemia and Moravia were annexed by Germany. That may have saved her life, as many of her Jewish relatives in Czechoslovakia were killed in the Holocaust, including three of her grandparents. She and her parents fled again when the Communists assumed power over Czechoslovakia, moving to the United States of America in 1948. Once settled there, Josef became the founding dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Korbel later taught future Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Intlawgrrls (here) noted Albright's birthday on May 15.


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To celebrate her birthday, everyone should review what she said on '60 Minutes': that the deaths of (perhaps hundreds of thousand, but no on really knows) Iraqi children via sanctions was 'worth it'. Presumably, the 'it' was the goal of preventing the Hussein regime from rebuilding its military, including the development or acquisition of WMDs. A policy which, apparently, i.e. if you believe(d) George Bush, was a spectacular failure -- since Iraq's possession of WMDs was (ostensibly) the reason it was invaded. But then no WMDs were found. So maybe it was a success after all. It's a bit confusing...

But anyway, for saying the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children was an acceptable side-effect of US policy, thereby taking 'Realpolitik' onto new rhetorical terrain, she fully deserves to be named 'Immigrant of the Day'.

Then again, all of those kids were potential immigrants themselves. So does she really deserve to be 'Immigrant of the Day' when a policy supported by her was responsible for wiping out so many potential immigrants? It's a conundrum. Like I said, it's all rather confusing...

I'm glad things are so simple on this site.

Posted by: eh | May 18, 2007 1:49:57 PM

Just another selfserving politician to the bone.

What is her take on this damn invasion of latinos and mexicans along with those that WILL do us harm.

I say open Ellis Island again. With a five year probationary period to prove they want to live like free human beings. Which they could not do in their oun countries.

Posted by: Harry | May 18, 2007 9:13:50 PM

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