Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright has most recently been quoted in an article called White House to keep dialogue open with Mexico. Madeleine Albright said, “I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds.”. Madeleine Albright has been quoted a grand total of 23 times in 5 articles.

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I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds.

In Syria. Well generally. But Secretary Clinton was saying, and she is for a no-fly zone, a safe area, in Syria. I happen to think it would have been easier to do earlier. I do wish that we had sorted out better who some of the rebel groups were earlier. But the hardest part, and I am very careful about this, is that judgments were made about decisions that were made during the Clinton administration, that it's easy to be on the outside and say 'X should have happened.' The people that are in office make decisions based on the information that they have at the time. And I think that… I personally wish that we had done something earlier in Syria.

Well I think this is the hardest question at the moment. America is a very unusual country. We are not a colonial power, we don't want to be the policemen of the world. And in many ways it's kind of hard to figure out when we should be involved and when we shouldn't. And we are criticised for both.

I do, definitely and I know there are a lot of people critical of it. I actually spent time as a child in Belgrade, my father was the Czechoslovak ambassador to Yugoslavia. I am not welcome in Belgrade these days but I really do think that what we did, because of the kinds of things that Milosevic and Karadzic were doing, that they were justified. And to give the opportunity to the Bosnians and the Kosovars to be able to make decisions about how their country should be run.

I think we actually are in a worse situation than when we were in office, which was during the 1990's when there was a great deal of hope and excitement about the end of the Cold War – looking at how Europe could in fact be a part of NATO and the European Union, and a sense that the United Nations could operate. I think it was really a time of a lot of hope and excitement.

Well I think they're wrong. I think that she is a remarkable woman who has been a very good and dedicated public servant. I've known her for a very long time, she's very smart, she works very very hard and she is better, she has more experience than anybody that's ever run for president of the United States. She listens to people, both at home and abroad. She as senator was on the armed services committee, knows how that works, and as secretary of state she restored America's reputation. So I think there's nobody better prepared.

I think what is interesting is that some of the Serbs in Belgrade have been trying, mainly because of the inducement of EU membership, to kind of look at things differently. But I am not going to defend some of things that are happening. In Kosovo for instance, there continue to be issues between the Serbs and the Kosovars.

Well, I think 40 years is a long time, especially given his age. I have to say that the War Crimes Tribunal actually worked better than most people thought at the time. It was one of my first votes when I was at the United Nations. People thought nobody would ever be indicted or brought to justice – they were.

Well, I think it is different, but I do think that populism / nationalism are very dangerous forces, because they seem to be filled with not just extremism, but based on the fact that you hate somebody else. It's one thing to be proud of who you are, your identity. It's another to decide that the people who live next door to you are unacceptable.

Well I think, first of all, I think the courts have operated pretty well. The fact that (Radovan) Karadzic, who was one of the major contributors to this, was in fact sentenced, I think is a very big deal because the purpose of the court was to assign individual guilt and erase collective guilt, so in fact there could be reconciliation.

I wish it had worked faster. I prefer to be positive, and try to figure out where the steps have gone forward. With the War Crimes Tribunal and the International Criminal Court, there is an attempt for there to be a responsible, international approach to genocide and crimes against humanity.

They may not be fit for purpose and I do think that some of the way that the different layers of government in Bosnia Herzegovina – the complications of that – then the way that some of the powers for Republika Srpska were interpreted have undermined the problem.

Well some of it, is but not as much as we thought. But the thing that I have finally learned is we want everything to be solved quickly. These are issues that are going to take quite a long time to resolve. I think the hard part for people to accept is when decisions are made, as to the Dayton Accords for instance, they are done with the best possible will of what is going on at the time. Often, things, I think, need to be updated, revised in some way.

Well it's very complicated, when you arrive in a country, you know. In some countries – the Latins, for instance – it's more difficult, you can't visualise my predecessors doing this, but in Latin countries, some kiss on the right cheek and some on the left cheek, but I got that all mixed up, so bumped noses. And then the French kiss twice, and the Dutch kiss three times. And it's very difficult… Anyway, it's a good way to begin a meeting.

Well this one… these are two globes and it seemed like the right thing to have for a conference that has 'global' in it. So I thought that would be fun to wear.

I happen to believe that the United States needs to be more involved. The question is when….

I've never seen such a combo of simplistic slogans and contradictions and misstatements in one speech.

I think there is basic ignorance about how the people that live in these countries have not been able to have jobs, have been in some ways kind of propagandised to hate somebody.

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