“I do believe this to be a personal issue, but since it is an object of discussion, I would just as soon have you know what I know. I started to think about it and to put pieces together. There was more and more information, and it began to make more sense to me.”
Madeleine Albright — U.S. Secretary of State (February 4 1997)
On February 4 1997, U. S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she had received information that two grandparents may have been Jewish and may have perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Seriously? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Let us make it simple. This story is utter nonsense. Madeleine Albright knew full well her Jewish roots when she was being vetted to become Bill Clinton’s secretary of state. And, no doubts, long before that…
Albright’s father, Josef Korbel, was a Czech diplomat who fled Czechoslovakia with his family for Britain after the 1938 Munich agreement turned over part of the country to Nazi Germany.
As ambassador to the United Nations, Albright blocked Arab efforts to push the Security Council to condemn Israel for the shelling of a U.N. base in south Lebanon that killed at least 91 civilians.
Albright also vetoed a UN Resolution declaring invalid Israel’s expropriation of Arab-owned land in east Jerusalem.
And by the way… People who discover that they have been lied about their Jewish roots tend to react in different ways.
The story of this phone call between the Hitchens brothers is a case in point.
Peter — Please, understand that this news will shock you.
Christopher — Ready!
Peter — You are a Jew.
Christopher — No surprise!
Peter — How could you not possibly be surprised?
Christopher — Remember Grandma? She was really ugly, wouldn’t you say?
I only spoke to Christopher Hitchens once. But I think we could have been friends…
Madeleine Albright & Lockerbie
On August 24 1998, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said it was time for Libya to turn its promises into deeds and surrender the “Lockerbie suspects” for trial immediately.
I will let Professor Robert Black — also known as the architect of the Lockerbie trial — comment on the hypocrisy of this statement!
UPDATE (Feb 4 2020) — In a Tweet about this post, Pr. Black wrote the following comment: “Whatever her family background, Madeleine Albright was the politician that I found most obstructive (and objectionable) while I was trying to broker a #Lockerbie trial.” End of UPDATE
Secretary Albright then emphasised that the proposed plan was not negotiable.
“Let me be clear. The plan the US and the UK are putting forward is a ‘take it or leave it’ proposition.
It is not subject to negotiation or change.
Nor should it be subject to additional foot-dragging or delay.
We are ready to begin such a trial as soon as Libya turns over the suspects.
We expect — and the families deserve — an immediate answer.”
On August 28 1998, Colonel Gaddafi stated that he had no objections to handing over the two Lockerbie bombing suspects for trial in the Netherlands.
On March 19 1999, Nelson Mandela went to Tripoli to speak with Colonel Gaddafi with special UN permission.
Mandela announced that the Lockerbie suspects will be surrendered on or before April 6 1999.
On April 5 1999, the suspects were indeed taken into Dutch custody after flying from Tripoli to an airbase near The Hague and formally charged with the Lockerbie bombing.
Under Scots law, the accused must be brought to trial within 110 days. Lord Sutherland twice agreed 110-days extensions.
When the trial date finally approached (May 2000), Lord Advocate Colin Boyd applied for a further extension… on ground that the prosecution needed time to interview witnesses!
Obviously, the prosecutors were not that “ready to begin such a trial as soon as Libya turns over the suspects.”
Thirty years later, most people concerned by the Lockerbie tragedy are still waiting for some real answers.
But, let us not get ahead of ourselves. For now, we are just waiting for the SCCRC to finally allow for a fair trial.
In a recent document (dated December 9 2019) seen by Intel Today, Gerard Sinclair — the Chief Executive of the SCCRC [Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission] — states that he is hopeful that a final decision will be reached before the end of the 2019 financial year, which is the end of March 2020.
Intel Today is reasonably confident there that the SCCRC will find that there may have been a miscarriage of justice, for the six reasons specified by their predecessors in 2007 and also on at least some of the further additional grounds advanced since then.
PS: Many journalists have credited Madeleine Albright for her “Read My Pins” diplomacy.
This is simply not true.
Albright simply stole the style from Clare Boothe Luce, the U.S. envoy to Italy from 1953-1956, quite famous for her glamour and blunt speaking.
The world had some respect for the United States back then… Wondering why?
On This Day — Madeleine Albright Discovers her Jewish Roots (February 4 1997)
On This Day — Madeleine Albright Discovers Her Jewish Roots (February 4 1997) [Lockerbie]