Madeleine Albright: First Female US Secretary Of State Dies

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Madeleine Albright, a Czech immigrant who went on to become the first female secretary of state in US history, has died aged 84.

A long-time foreign policy veteran, Albright became America’s top diplomat in 1997 during the Clinton government.

Often hailed as “a champion of democracy”, Albright was instrumental in efforts to end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.

Her death from cancer was confirmed by a State Department spokesman.

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“The impact that she has had on this building is felt every single day,” said Ned Price. “She was a trailblazer as the first female secretary of state, and quite literally opened doors for a large element of our workforce.”

Among those to pay tribute to her after the announcement of her death was current Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who said Albright “was a force for freedom” and an “outspoken champion of Nato”.

Former US President George W Bush said that Albright “understood first-hand the importance of free societies for peace in our world”.

Born Marie Jana Korbelova in Prague in 1937- in what was then Czechoslovakia – Albright was the son of a Czechoslovak diplomat who was forced into exile after the occupation of his country by Nazi Germany in 1939.

She moved to the United States in 1948, the same year her family applied for political asylum, arguing that they were unable to return home as opponents of their country’s communist regime. She became a US citizen in 1957.

Albright went on to work at the White House during the Jimmy Carter administration and later as foreign policy adviser to a number of vice-presidential and presidential candidates.

Soon after Bill Clinton was inaugurated in 1993, Albright was appointed ambassador to the United Nations – her first diplomatic posting.

Her time there was marked by disagreements with then Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whom she criticised as “disengaged” during the Rwandan Genocide.

In 1997, she became secretary of state, overcoming opposition from what some later termed the “anything but Albright” faction of the White House.

She became most famous during this time for her efforts to push the Clinton administration to intervene to stop ethnic cleansing in Kosovo being carried out by the Serbian regime of Slobodan Milosevic.

Some critics termed the subsequent Nato bombing campaign “Albright’s War”.

“I take full responsibility… for believing it was essential for us not to stand by and watch what Milosevic was planning to do,” she said at the time. “We cannot watch crimes against humanity”.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Up-to-date news from Hades:
    It is reported that Maddie Halfbright was denied access to the Styx River crossing by Charon the ferryman, and will be wandering the shores for 100 years.

    It seems that she only had koruna & drachma coins placed in mouth, to pay for the crossing.

    In refusing her passage on his ferry, Charon was heard to have said in a strident tone, “I only accept Roubles!”

  2. Here is a compilation of “warm” wishes (get it?) for Mad & Halfbright to speed her to her journey into the afterlife:

    “So, she ended up in hell…
    Satan: Welcome to Hell! I’m going to scare the hell out of you! Let me show you the sights!”

    “Albright once said that it was worth it; the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children killed by the US and its minions. There’s a special place in hell for people like Albright.”

    “Ding dong, the bitch is dead! Which old Bitch? The Albright bitch! Long may she rot in hell. I wonder if she still thinks it was worth it!”

    “Karma can be a bitch…the bombings of Yugoslavia, which began exactly today, March 23-24, 1999, exactly 23 years ago, was a blatant aggression against a European sovereign state & UN member (Violation of International Law), that she, under Democratic President Bill Clinton, ordered.”

    “With Madeleine Albright dead, Satan takes back one of his offspring.”

    “Maybe she will meet the angry ghosts of 500,000 Iraqi children. We think the price is worth it.”

    “May she spend all eternity in a vat of boiling excrement.”

    “Ah, Maddie Halfbright exited from Life. I wish upon her the fleas of 1001 camels!”

    “Madeline Albright is dead. May she rest uncomfortably in hell!”

    “May she rest in eternal piss!”

  3. WRETCH !! Well she never tried her best during the Rwandan Genocide. Just like now and similar to Ukraine except every one crying over Ukraine, but back then the rivers in Rwanda was red with blood form the million plus slaughtered Black Souls and the world turn their backs not one condemnation, not even France their Colonial Master did anything, the UN was quiet . I will never forget the images on tv, the alligators and lion bellies were huge it was dread. they even made a movie about it Hotel Rwanda. Now look at Ukraine everybody bawling about the most corrupt country in the world with all of it’s settled Hitler Neo Nazis from West Germany who hate Black People to the core. To this I say Gwan Putin.

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