Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM Paramount Theatre 911 Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98101
Albright was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. Secretary of State under the Clintons; in those roles, she supported several policies that led to the deaths of millions of people. Most notoriously, when Albright was asked, in a 1996 interview on 60 Minutes, whether the deaths of half a million Iraqi children were a price worth paying for the sanctions--which she worked to maintain during her tenure as Secretary of State--she replied, “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.”
While seven years later she expressed regret for this comment, the fact remains that Albright staunchly supported the sanctions, which included bans on medicines, vaccines, pencils, chlorine (needed for water purification), and materials required to clean up after the U.S. military used depleted uranium in the 1990-1991 war. Her support did not wane even after several United Nations officials resigned from decades-long UN careers in protest of the sanctions; one of them, Denis Halliday, called the sanctions a form of “genocide.” More Iraqis died as a result of 13 years of U.S.-led and controlled sanctions than as a result of the 2003 US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. ... Albright was also a key proponent of the US bombing of Yugoslavia, which is widely viewed as a “humanitarian mission.” However, the bombing was linked to U.S. efforts to thwart Russia in Europe, and Yugoslavia was given a choice between accepting a peace treaty that allowed a NATO occupation of the country or U.S. bombing. Thousands were killed and much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed in what amounted to a U.S.-led NATO aggression. As a member of the Clinton administration, Albright was crucial in the crafting of “Plan Colombia,” which funneled billions of dollars in aid to the country, 80 percent of which took the form of military aid to security forces, during a time when those forces were linked to right-wing paramilitary organizations. Another controversial element of this plan was an aeria fumigation to help eradicate coca crops, which was detrimental to legal crops as well as the health of people exposed.
(Credit for this timeline goes to the Scripps Faculty Open Letter protesting Albright's invitation to be commencement speaker.)
April 17, 2018 at Seattle Federal Building