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Is the price of collective guilt worth it?

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On the April 24, 2012 broadcast of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Madeleine Albright stated (starting at the 15′ 56” mark):

“Anyway the issue was that there were minorities in Czechoslovakia and a big one was the German minority. And the story of the beginning of the 30s was that the German minority didn’t feel that it was treated properly. And they were the Sudeten Germans. And they then, as I learned history, were alleged in many ways of providing the environment for the creation of a nazi party there. And so they were viewed as traitors and in many cases they were. And so then what happened, after the war once the allies had won, the Sudeten Germans were all pushed out of Czechoslovakia. And when I was Ambassador and then Secretary of State  <unintelligible> and we were talking about ethnic cleaning in the former Yugoslavia they said, ‘Well what do you think your people did to the germans? They pushed them out too.’ So this is one of those moral aspects. I don’t believe in collective guilt and one of the reasons that I was so vocal on the idea of the War Crimes Tribunal and the International Criminal Court is that we can’t assign collective guilt, we have to find individual guilt. So those are some of the various aspects …”

Link to excerpt here

On May 12, 1996:

Q. 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?

A. We think the price is worth it.

Of course Jon Stewart never really pressed her on the issue.

P.S. I would have added only the excerpt for the daily show interview but stupid wordpress does not understand the embed code provided by hulu.


Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

May 19, 2012 at 06:20

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