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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Speaking of Putin's cruelty in Ukraine, reminds me of the 1996 US claim that starving to death a half a million children in Iraq was a price worth paying

In May of 1996, 60 Minutes aired an interview with Madeleine Albright, who at the time was Clinton’s U.N. ambassador. Correspondent Leslie Stahl said to Albright, “We have heard that a half-million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And - and, you know, is the price worth it?” Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it."
My question is: if achieving nothing in Iraq is worth killing half million kids, how many millions of Ukrainian children would be considered as a fair and reasonable American-price-tag for the back-to-neutrality-status-quo Putin is trying to achieve in Ukraine?

We believe that no children should have died in Iraq or Ukraine. We believe that the mass killing of civilians by Clinton and now Putin was absolutely wrong. We regret that the US and Russia believe that civilians are legitimate targets in war, any war.

Transcript:

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's reply to Lesley Stahl's question on "60 Minutes" on May 12, 1996:

Stahl: "We have heard that a half a million children have died [because of sanctions against Iraq]. I mean that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And--you know, is the price worth it?"

Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it."
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