Madeleine Albright Says Iraqi Children’s Death ‘Deserves’ Resurrection

The announcement of Madeleine Albright’s death at the age of 84 on Wednesday resulted in a flood of tributes and fond memories, but also some scathing criticism on social media in relation to comments made in 1996 about the deaths of Iraqi children.

The remarks were made by Albright, the first female Secretary of State in United States history, during a 60 minutes Interview. Correspondent Leslie Stahl discussed with the then UN ambassador how Iraq was suffering from sanctions imposed on the country after the 1991 Gulf War.

“We’ve heard that half a million [Iraqi] The children have died. I mean, there are more children in Hiroshima than there are dead,” Stahl said. “And, you know, is the price worth it?”

“I think it’s a very tough choice,” replied Albright, “but the price, we think, is worth it.”

Clips from the segment shared around social media Following the news of Albright’s passing.

Dima KhatiboThe managing director of Al Jazeera news service AJ+ said: “Please before you tell us how great Madeleine Albright was, think about what she thought of the half a million Iraqi children killed by US sanctions on Iraq. Once you hear him say: ‘It was worth it.’ Then come back and write about his ‘greatness’ again!”

“Madeline Albright, another butcher from the Middle East, has joined John McCain in the place of hell, purification, or whatever post-punishment place you believe in,” Libertarian Party of Minnesota wrote. “Don’t forget the 500,000 Iraqi dead she thought deserved to die.”

Journalist john schwarzo Also added to the criticism of decades-old comments. He said, “Some people remember Madeleine Albright saying in 1996 that it was ‘eligible’ for sanctions to kill 500,000 Iraqi children. No one remembers when sanctions should have been legally lifted. There was no WMD in Iraq, which, of course, it wasn’t.”

“Still my blood boils” Chris DoyleThe director of the Council for Arab British Understanding (CABU) tweeted about Albright’s response.

“I would like Madeleine Albright to be remembered for her harsh remarks about the mass killing of Iraqi children by the United States sanctions regime,” Vijay PrasadWrote historian and executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Elsewhere, author Rania Khaleki posted a clip of 60 minutes section and said that he “[w]on loop,” while another journalist, Ajit Singhclaimed that Albright helped “deliberately impose sanctions against Iraq, which killed more than half a million children in the 1990s. It is shameful that she and her fellow war criminals were never brought to justice.”

Clips of a 1996 interview with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright have resurfaced after her death. In interviews, when asked about the deaths of Iraqi children, he reluctantly said “the price is worth it”. In this photo, Albright is seen testifying during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on May 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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