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Horrified at honoring Albright

By Rachel Wilson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
May 4, 1999
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To the editor,

I am horrified that Madeline Albright will be speaking at one of this spring's commencement ceremonies. In what sense is this woman, who has heaped inhuman suffering upon scores of helpless civilians, supposed to be a role model for graduating students?

Consider, for example, her response to the accusation that sanctions on Iraq have killed over a half million civilians - she said it was "worth it."

She is also one of the driving forces behind NATO's recent assertion that it will act as it sees fit - with or without the approval of the United Nations.

"We will act multilaterally when we can, and unilaterally when we must," she said, contrary to all standards of international law. NATO's current unilateral action, the bombing of Kosovo, has killed thousands of civilians and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.

If the Geneva conventions were actually enforced, Ms. Albright would be prosecuted as a war criminal in the Hague.

Rachel Wilson
Graduate student in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching