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Aunt Maddie Of Hamelin Leads Chicago Students Down NATO’s Garden Path

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Aunt Maddie Of Hamelin Leads Chicago Students Down NATO’s Garden Path
Rick Rozoff

On April 10 former Secretary of State and current co-chairperson of the NATO Host Committee Madeleine Albright spoke at a Chicago high school as part of ongoing citywide activities designed to indoctrinate the city’s residents regarding the putative benefits of the world’s only war-making military bloc.

Students of the Lindblom Math and Science Academy were subjected to her vapid maunderings in advance of the NATO summit to be held on May 20-21.

Her appearance was part of an initiative launched this January by the Host Committee and its executive director Lori Healey to welcome and promote the North Atlantic military bloc with activities like a “global-themed sports programs for teenagers” and a contest for Chicago Public School students to produce a video to be shown to the summit’s participants.

The Associated Press report of the secondary school visit added that “Representatives from NATO and the State Department will visit public schools across the city to teach students about NATO and discuss world events.”

The forum held with Albright was private, with one member of the select student group in attendance quoted by WLS Radio as saying, “We can’t be a super power if we’re just worried about us worry about everybody else and have the knowledge to do that.” No doubt the former Secretary of State nodded in approbation to that statement.

Albright has traversed the way of all flesh since her fire-breathing days as the chief U.S. foreign affairs official during President Bill Clinton’s second term, and in latter days has been given to more mellow and even, if the term fits the subject, reflective comments. The female equivalent of avuncular.

In her former avatar she was infamous for answering a query of Lesley Stahl of CBS’s 60 Minutes concerning Iraq – “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” – with “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.”

Rebuking then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell over events in Bosnia in the mid-1990s, she demanded to know “What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?”

Perhaps her most representative comment is this from 1998:

“It is the threat of the use of force [against Iraq] and our line-up there that is going to put force behind the diplomacy. But if we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.”

During NATO’s 78-day air war against Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999 Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman quipped of Albright, whose war he labeled it: “Her policymaking is a version of ‘Jeopardy’ in which the answer is always ‘U.S. military intervention.’ Only the questions change.”

Her tenure at Foggy Bottom correlated with the era of the cruise missile, with her commander-in-chief Clinton launching several hundred of them into Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq (250 Tomahawks used in Operation Desert Fox on December 16, 1998) and Yugoslavia in 1998 and 1999 and others going astray into Pakistan (six Tomahawks in 1998) as well as an anti-radar missile hitting a suburb of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia in 1999.

Madame Tomahawk was a sobriquet used for Ms. Albright at the time.

The person politely referred to as the world’s sole military superpower’s top diplomat was also fond of cultivating relations with some of the globe’s most unsavoury characters, most notably Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci, of whom, if photographs don’t lie, she seemed extremely enamored. In 2010, a year after NATO’s first war, which had been conducted on Thaci’s behalf, Albright took the head of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army on personal tours of the United Nations and the State Department before bringing him as her special guest to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. This by way of priming him for the position he now holds: Nominal head of state of the first NATO-created pseudo-nation.

Albright headed the twelve-member Group of Experts appointed by NATO to promote the military bloc’s first 21st century Strategic Concept ratified at the last NATO summit in Portugal in 2010.

This January she was became the co-chair of the Chicago Host Committee for May’s summit. NATO press releases mention that although not a resident of Chicago, Albright lived in the city in 1960-1961 when she worked for Encyclopedia Britannica, although there is scant evidence she sampled any of her wares.

Her co-chair of the Host Committee, run under the direction of World Business Chicago, is John H. Bryan, Jr., former chief executive officer of the Sara Lee Corporation and member of the board of General Motors, British Petroleum, Goldman Sachs and Bank One.

The committee’s donors are listed on a page at the Host Committee website with their respective corporate logos. They are Abbott Laboratories, Allstate, AT&T, Bank of America, Baxter International, BMO Harris Bank, Boeing, Caterpillar, Chevron, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Citibank, the CME Group, Corning, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Duke Energy, Edelman, Exelon, Federal Express, General Electric, the Grosvenor Group, Health Care Service Corporation, Honeywell, Illinois Tool Works, the John Buck Company, Joseph Freed & Associates, J.P. Morgan, McDonald’s Corporation, Motorola, Pepsico, the Perkins Cole international law firm, Raytheon, United Airlines, United Parcel Service, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

As of late last month the Host Committee had raised $36.5 million for the summit, with banks and corporations noted for otherwise being stingy and chary of contributing a penny for wages and employee benefits shelling out millions for NATO.

The city’s, the nation’s and the West’s elites are planning a triumphalist gathering in Chicago next month, where the one-sided six-month bombing campaign against Libya last year will be heralded as NATO’s latest victory.

In the interim local students will be taught to reflect their pride in their city by pandering to NATO. Anti-summit protesters have a more valuable lesson for Chicago’s youth: Reject war and militarism and tell NATO it is not welcome.

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  1. Ljilja
    April 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hey NATO, the United States has border issues, what are you going to do about it, and more importantly, what side will you be on?

  2. Christopher Cruz
    April 15, 2012 at 1:43 am

    NATO for global genocide

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