Date: Mon, 15 Sep 97 11:25:12 CDT
From: MER Editorial <mer@MiddleEast.Org>
Subject: Madeleine's Disastrous Tour
- ``We feel she was fair and evenhanded in her discussions with the Palestinians and Israelis.''
- Prominent Saudi diplomat, insisting on anonymity
according to Associated Press 9/13/97
Wherever she went Madeleine Albright acted more like the Foreign Minister of Israel than the Secretary of State of the U.S.
In Egypt she pleaded for the release of Azam Azam, recently convicted
Israeli spy. In Saudi Arabia she pleaded for the Arabs to attend the
third annual regional economic summit including Israeli
participationthis one scheduled for Qatar in November with none other than Ariel
Sharon among Israel's attendees! Throughout her trip she pleaded with
all the American
client regimes to prevent those who are
contributing to to the Palestinians (other than to Arafat)in other
words those who are contributing to the orphanages, hospitals and
welfare programs that are the most independent and doing the most good
-- even while the U.N. itself cuts back such services and the
Authority of Arafat continues its corrupt and miserable ways.
This is the woman who just last year repeatedly badgered and quite literally screamed at U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Ghali, demanding that he prevent publication of the damning report about Israel's deliberately savage attack that massacred more than a hundred civilians at the U.N. base in Qana Lebanon. And then, even when Boutros-Ghali largely complied by tremendously watering-down the report, this is the woman who demanded that Ghali's tenure as Secretary-General be ended.
Yet in the Middle East all Madeleine Albright could musteramidst
her mantra-like vilifications about
terrorismwere a few
toothless words about a
time-out for Israeli settlements.
Actually every American President and Secretary of State going back to
the Nixon Administration has rhetorically criticized Israeli
settlementsand yet it is American money these past 30 years that
has paid for them! Nothing new here Madeleine! Just more American
hypocrisy and rhetorical gibberish!
Furthermore, it was the height of patronage and symbolic duplicity
when Madeleine one day appeared with Arafat drapped with a shawl of
Palestinian embroidery, yet the next day in Egypt refused to stay or
hold meetings at the luxurious
Palestine Hotel where she was
initially scheduled to be!
Meanwhile, among the Arabs themselves, in Nablus Palestinian protesters handed out flyers of the Statue of Liberty topped with Madeleine's head and carrying a sword plunged into the body of a bleeding man representing the Palestinian people. Quite apt actually.
Yet in Saudi Arabiaclearly the region's most corrupted and despotic regimeAlbright was greeted not simply with politeness but with ever- growing symbols of Saudi control by and dependence on the U.S. The Saudis put on one of their lavish shows not even understanding that it has all become symbolic bowing down, no matter how royal and golden they think themselves to be.
It was probably Prince Bandar bin Sultan, long-time Saudi Ambassador
to the U.S. and one of the key Arabs who works most closely in
Washington with the Israeli/Jewish lobby and the CIA, who probably
uttered the verbal genuflection that:
We feel she was fair and
evenhanded in her discussions with the Palestinians and Israelis.
What a disastrous visit. Not only by the American Secretary of State; but by the Arab client-regimes that hosted her, Arafat's among them of course.