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Madeleine K. Albright
Geburtstag: 15. Mai 1937
Madeleine Korbel Albright, geborene Marie Jana Körbelová , ist eine US-amerikanische Politikerin . Sie war von 1997 bis 2001 Außenministerin der USA und die erste Frau in diesem Amt.
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„Es gibt einen erheblichen moralischen Unterschied zwischen einer Person, die ein Gewaltverbrechen begeht, und einer Person, die versucht, illegal eine Grenze zu überschreiten, um Lebensmittel auf den Familientisch zu legen. Solche Migranten verstoßen möglicherweise gegen unsere Gesetze gegen die unerlaubte Einreise, aber wenn das alles ist, sind sie Eindringlinge und keine Kriminellen. Sie haben es verdient, dass ihre Würde geachtet wird.“
Public statement in response to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. In: Schweid, Barry (August 10, 1998) " Albright Offers $2M Bombings Reward http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1998/Albright-Offers-$2M-Bombings-Reward/id-199d52a55e4601c022b587363eefe099".
„I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life“
— Madeleine K. Albright, Madam Secretary: A Memoir
On her upbringing, Madam Secretary (2003), p. 512
Quelle: Madam Secretary: A Memoir
Keynote speech at "Celebrating Inspiration" luncheon with the WNBA's All-Decade Team, quoted in Mechelle Voepel, ESPN (July 13, 2006)
„What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?“
To Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the 1990s, on Bosnia, recounted in Madam Secretary (2003), p. 182
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„There is a significant moral difference between a person who commits a violent crime and a person who tries to cross a border illegally in order to put food on the family table. Such migrants may violate our laws against illicit entry, but if that's all they do then they are trespassers, not criminals. They deserve to have their dignity respected.“
On illegal migrants to the United States from Mexico and Central America, in Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008), p. 225
Stated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbIX1CP9qr4 on CBS's 60 Minutes (May 12, 1996) in reply to Lesley Stahl's question "We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?" Albright was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time.
„My deepest regret from my years in public service is the failure of the United States and the international community to act sooner to halt these crimes.“
Comment on the Rwandan Genocide in Madam Secretary (2003), p. 147.
„Little effort was made to explain Saddam's culpability, his misuse of Iraqi resources, or the fact that we were not embargoing medicine or food. I was exasperated that our TV was showing what amounted to Iraqi propaganda… I must have been crazy; I should have answered the question by reframing it and pointing out the inherent flaws in the premise behind it. Saddam Hussein could have prevented any child from suffering simply by meeting his obligations. Instead, I said the following: 'I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.' As soon as I had spoken, I wished for the power to freeze time and take back those words. My reply had been a terrible mistake, hasty, clumsy, and wrong. Nothing matters more than the lives of innocent people. I had fallen into a trap and said something that I simply did not mean. That is no one's fault but my own.“
Comment on Stahl interview in Madam Secretary (2003), pp. 274-275
„What really troubles me is that democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation. I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.“
When asked what she considered the greatest mistake of the George W. Bush administration, interview with Deborah Solomon http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0CE5DB173FF930A15757C0A9609C8B63, New York Times (April 23, 2006)