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Pictures: Madeleine Albright In Berkeley
On Wednesday February 11th, Madeleine Albright spoke at Cody's Books in Berkeley. Several people protested outside and one person inside was briefly detained with a pie, but most of the crowd seemed to be supportive of Albright and asked her relatively nonpolitical questions. One person did ask a question related to civilian deaths resulting from the US bombing of Sudan, and Albright responded that few civilians were killed and then added that all efforts were taken to avoid such deaths during the bombings (words that almost echoed word for word the way the Bush administration has dealt with similar questions). In her main speech Albright stated that she would have supported the Iraq war more if the US had gotten international backing, but she avoided any direct criticism of the war, Bush, or her successor, Collen Powell (whose statements on Iraq and other wars sound all too similar to her own).
In a "60 Minutes" Interview on May 12, 1996, Lesley Stahl asked then Secretary of State Albright about US sanctions on Iraq. "We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And -- and you know, is the price worth it?" Madeleine Albright responded "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price -- we think the price is worth it." On Kosovo, so determined was she that nothing would get in the way of military action that she asked Congress to cancel its March 11 debate on the subject, claiming that it could cause divisions within NATO.
Albright has ben met by protests everywhere she has gone for the past six years. Here are a few:
University of Arizona Protest Against Albright's Policy In Serbia
1998 Seneca Falls, New York Protest Against Iraq Sanctions
1998 Columbus, Ohio Potest Against Iraq Sanctions
1998 Protest over Albright's Policies in The Philippines
March 2000: Czech's Pelt Albright With Eggs Over Her Policy In Serbia
May 2000 Protest Against At UC Berkeley Commencement
November 2001 Protest Against Albright in Oakland
Protest Last October at Oxford