Before you go, Madeleine, I want Americans to know that many people around
the world see you as an advocate of repression. They see that you have
conducted the affairs of state with a level of indifference to Israeli
repression and brutality that demonstrates contempt for the value of Palestinian
lives. You, more than most Americans, know the heinous attacks and abuse
of human rights inflicted on the Palestinians on a daily basis. You know
what it is doing to America's reputation in the streets of the Middle East,
at the United Nations and beyond.
A notable Cairo matron, an ex-diplomat's wife, had this to say in a recent
phone interview: "If this was America. If the Palestinians were convicted
criminals and the Israelis were their prison guards and they had killed
300 inmates in a prison riot, the Americans would have said something.
But the Americans care nothing about Palestinian or Arab lives." I had
called to interview her husband, but she had answered the phone.
When the ex-diplomat picked up the other line, he had this to add "Israel
is bound by international law to safeguard Palestinian civilian life and
property. The Palestinians are an occupied people revolting for their independence,
not convicted criminals. The Israelis are bombing crowded refugee camps
with tanks. And the Americans are preventing any legitimate international
inquiry or any kind of international sanction of Israel or any protection
for these people. If Senator Mitchell's paper commission is there to pick
up reports, it would have been just as easy to fax them to Washington."
I was in Seattle. They were in Cairo. They spoke with such anguish. The
interview lasted an hour. While most Americans do not share their deep
concerns for the Palestinians, they should care about American business
interests in the Middle East. According to these very two astute Cairo
observers, little kids are refusing to buy American products as a protest
against Israeli repression. Madeleine, How exactly did America become associated
with the killing fields in the West Bank , Gaza and Jerusalem?
Madeleine, do not think for a minute that it is only Palestinians who
are reacting to these daily scenes of carnage. We, at NileMedia, do not
possess the eyes and ears of the State department or the CIA. If a cyber
magazine operating out of Seattle can gather this information, so can you.
You have either ignored the daily reports from the American Embassy in
Cairo or they have not been sent. Either you are not doing your job or
the American ambassador in Cairo, Daniel Kurtzer, is not doing his.
The slaughter of so many Palestinians has already sparked a grass-roots
boycott of American products. That cannot be good. But you have not said
a word about it. You know that America has no interest in the continued
repression of the Palestinians. And you have not spoken on that subject,
You have had many opportunities to speak out and yet you have remained
silent. You and Clinton will leave a legacy, all right. You will leave
a huge foreign policy liability for your successor because you have given
Israeli ambitions primacy over American interests. Granted your predecessor
Warren Christopher was even more spineless as evidenced by his 1000 days
of waffling while Bosnians were being slaughtered by Serbs. But you were
supposed to have a spine. Now, quickly borrow a spine and clean up some
of your mess before you go. Do it for the sake of America's moral standing
in the world.
You have been neutral while defenseless unarmed civilians have been murdered
with American weaponry. You have been neutral while Israel proceeded with
expanding the illegal Jewish settlements. That kind of neutrality translates
into advocacy. Advocacy for everything Israeli, including repression. So,
before you leave, let me remind you about words that every American should
not forget. The words of Madeleine Albright. This is from an official State
Department transcript and it is certainly for the history books:
The following is from a press conference held by Albright
Statement on the Situation in the Middle East
Washington, DC, November 22, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
QUESTION: Madame Secretary, in your estimation, have the
Israelis used excessive force in their response to Palestinian attacks
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: We think that it is very important
-- the Palestinians know what they need to do, and we are concerned about
the way that force is being used.
QUESTION: Israeli force?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Israeli force, as well as the shootings,
et cetera, by the Palestinians.
Thank you. I would like to say Lars-Erik Nelson was a very good friend
of mine, and I was very sorry to read about his death this morning. He
clearly was part of all our families, and so I wanted to express my condolences
to all of you. I did want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you.
Madeleine, I need to ask why you ended the conference so quickly. And
what is the meaning of
'et cetera' ? Does it not translate into 'blah, blah, blah"? I have other
questions you would not care to answer. But perhaps you could answer just
this one. During the course of the whole press conference, you did not
once express sympathy to the hundreds of Palestinians that have been murdered
or to their families. But, you had times to give a word of condolence to
Lars-Erik Nelson. Some deaths, like lives, are apparently more important
Which brings me to Chechnya. Andrew Glass, in a recent syndicated column
wrote a little paragraph that you need to explain. Madeleine, what do you
suppose Andrew Glass was talking about when he attributed the following
to the Clinton Administration " More broadly, officials here question Putin's
commitment to Russian-brand democracy, let alone anything approaching Western
models. They complain that they haven't been paid for having looked the
other way as Russian troops put down the rebellious Chechens."
Tell me, Madeleine, what currency did the Russians promise to repay you
in? I doubt you would have accepted Rubles. And how did you intend to exchange
that particular kind currency? At the blood bank? For immediate assistance,
Madeleine, refer to the Andrew Glass syndicated article (Moscow may top
foreign policy, Cox Newspapers 12/12/2000).
Madeleine, before you go, have the decency to answer at least a few of
these questions. There are people who need to know. People like Palestinians,
Egyptians, Bosnians, Chechens, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.