Sunday, December 26, 2010

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on world peace

She cut her teeth in the Carter administration under Zbigniew Brzezinski and served as Secretary of State for President Clinton

Madeleine Albright worked in the White House of Jimmy Carter, the president who presided over the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Iran and the hostage crisis that lasted for 444 days. She was Secretary of State in the Clinton administration which spent little time and energy focusing on foreign policy or dealing with the growing threat of Islamic fundamentalism, instead poll watching and keeping primarily to a domestic policy agenda.

Albright Interviewed by Jim Axelrod on CBS News

It should come as little surprise that one of the solutions to world peace according to the former Secretary of State is that non-Muslims need to show more tolerance and that the change to the mindset of terrorists needs to come from within the Muslim faith itself.

Some quotes follow, but her point of view and ideas for solutions to a problem as great as this makes me think that she would be very welcome as a new addition to the Obama administration. This, the same administration that is in strong competition to become the worst ever, fighting with Jimmy Carter for the honor. From CBS News:

"What I believe is that there is a natural reason for people to get along if they think about the future and don't get completely stuck with the fights of the past."

"... is that religion is like a knife that you can pick up and stick in somebody's back or use to cut bread. And so, it's the cutting bread part that we have to get to."

"What has happened is the extremists are the ones that get the attention, that create the acts that are divisive to everybody else. Whatever changes come in terms of a different approach among the extremists of Islam has to come from within the Muslim religion."

"I'm unhappy about it, I really have to say. What's interesting is that you saw it at different other times. I was in the Carter administration during the Iran hostage crisis and there clearly was a rise of anti-Islam at that point and then people realized that it wasn't all Muslims that had this particular feeling."

"A lot of it is based on complete misunderstanding. Imam Feisel is one of the most remarkable people that I have met, who has made it his life's work to get understanding."

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