Madeleine Albright: Hamas putting civilians in line of fire hurts Israel’s ‘moral authority’

posted at 4:01 pm on July 22, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a great point on CNN on Tuesday when she conceded that it is hard to dispute that forces loyal to Hamas in the Gaza Strip are using human shields in order to protect their military assets. She implied that this tactic has resulted in an inordinate number of Palestinian causalities over the course of the ongoing conflict with Israel. Those were the last of Albright’s good points.

After conceding that Hamas is intentionally making civilian casualties more likely, she said that it was nevertheless the case that those causalities are sapping Israel of its “moral authority.”

“I do think that it is very hard to watch the number of Palestinians that are being killed – innocents,” Albright began. “It is hard to dispute the fact that, as Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu has said that, in fact, there are innocents being put in the way in order to act as shields.”

“But the bottom line is, I think that this is hurting Israel’s moral authority,” she continued. “I think it looks as though they’re overdoing, which is why I think there has to be more emphasis on the fact that they have accepted the cease-fire. And then try to figure out who has any influence over Hamas in order to get them to accept a cease-fire.”

Over 600 Palestinians have died as the fighting between Hamas militants and Israel, most of them civilians. While just 27 Israelis have died in the fighting, almost all of them soldiers with the Israeli Defense Forces.

Whenever asked, Israeli officials inform those who ask about the body count disparity that they will not apologize for the fact that Israel not only aims to protect their civilians from attacks by Palestinian militants but is also especially good at it.

Those with stature like, America’s former chief diplomat, nevertheless lend credence to the notion that Israel should be somehow ashamed of the number of Palestinian lives lost in this conflict in spite of the IDF’s well-documented efforts to minimize those casualties.

Albright’s incoherent statement comes at a time when 28 European Union foreign ministers issued a statement condemning the firing of rockets from Gaza into civilian areas of Israel. “These are criminal and unjustifiable acts,” the statement, which demanded that Hamas “disarm” and “renounce violence,” read.

This confluence of events puts Albright to the left of Europe on the issue of Israeli self-defense — not a credible place to be. Remember, though, it’s the members of George W. Bush’s administration that lack credibility on issues relating to foreign affairs. Why do we keep forgetting that?

This post has been updated from its original publication.


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Leftist thuggish logic!

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

She didnt get the job because she was a genius

entagor on July 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Albright looks like an old mattress – Jeepers !!!

jake-the-goose on July 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Dear Madam Albright,
Please read this:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgespa125179.html

Now, what the heck are you talking about?

Do you support victory for Israel or not?

chuckh on July 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Thanks Maddy, yer concern is noted and round-filed.

squint on July 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Never mind Albright — what does Ramsey Clark think?

Mr. D on July 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Idiot. Israel has warned entire neighborhoods they are going to attack and to get out and the Pali’s make innocents stay there. Not much more you can do than that.

Screw anybody that thinks that Hamas is getting the short end of the stick, they brought this one themselves and the UN should be all over them for using Human Child Shields.

Johnnyreb on July 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

And that same logic is exactly why Israel has had to put up with indiscriminate rocket fire for year after year.
Brilliant Maddie!

JusDreamin on July 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Maybe we should give Hamas a basketball signed by Michael Jordan.

Mark1971 on July 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

The cleaning lady has spoken…

More towels please Miss Frumpy.

viking01 on July 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Sheesh interview Kissinger, not this incoherent biddy

jake49 on July 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Madam Madeline. Possibly an even worse Secretary of State than Kerry or Hildabeast.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Mad Halfbright doesn’t want to offend her fashion consultant Habib the Tent-maker.

viking01 on July 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Who knew this old fool was still alive and semi-coherent?

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Why exactly do we care what this deranged liberal shrew has to say?

Rix on July 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

ALbright = Palestinian

BobMbx on July 22, 2014 at 4:11 PM

That Alldull picture makes a good shield to prevent me from going to HA home page!! (Chill down the spine!)

Deano1952 on July 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Here’s the point that she is missing. Once you intentionally target civilians, you can never, ever, under any circumstances, accede to that groups demands. Even if Israel were totally in the wrong (and they are not), once you go down that path of targeting civilians, you declare open season on women, children and basically any innocent they can use to further their agenda. Groups that would stoop that low need to be wiped out root and branch.

bandutski on July 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Israel should worry, and does, about one thing – survival.

All you fools who are preoccupied with “moral” or any authority are out of our wits.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Who knew this old fool was still alive and semi-coherent?

OmahaConservative

The Clinton News Network, apparently.

Gothguy on July 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Hamas putting civilians in line of fire hurts Israel’s ‘moral authority’

Uh … what?

darwin on July 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

It’s amazing we’re not in worse shape than we are with as many morons as Democrats have placed in high positions of authority through the years.

crrr6 on July 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Madeline Albright, who physically resembles the late Helen Thomas, is embracing the intellectual and ethical bankruptcy and general fugliness of Helen Thomas by blaming Israel for losing it’s ‘moral authority’ as opposed to blaming the terrorist organization who blatantly is using civilians as human shields.

It’s not as if she had much credibility remaining, but it’s good to know who is on the side of the butchering terrorists.

Athos on July 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Remember Madeline don’t say anything bad about Hamas! The Israelis should just stand there and let Hamas shoot at them. Madeline is senile to put it kindly.

Herb on July 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Who cares what the hell she thinks?

ladyingray on July 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

or any authority are out of our your wits.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Madeline, the scumhag, drank champagne with the Nort Korean goon.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Madeline Albright: Hamas putting civilians in line of fire hurts Israel’s ‘moral authority’

Or “Bill Clinton and his boxom blonde fooling around hurts Hillary’s moral authority”.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Albright’s incoherent statement

…that’s nothing new!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

So when the buffoons in Gaza actually hit something and kill Israeli citizens their deaths will help plus up Israel’s “moral authority?”

Israel can’t be expected to tolerate attacks just because HAMAS doesn’t care about their own civilians. Israel should continue destroying the tunnels and all the armaments they can find and work on the mea culpa later.

katiejane on July 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Who knew this old fool was still alive and semi-coherent?

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I doubt anyone questioned her being semi-coherent.

BKennedy on July 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Is it me or did something go seriously wrong with Helen Thomas’ reincarnation?

Newtie and the Beauty on July 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I am still amazed that this stupid, ugly women was married at one time. Alcohol and lots of it had to be involved.

1sttofight on July 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Here’s an analogy that even a leftist will understand. If an armed robber grabs a 5 year old kid and holds him in front of him as a shield and that kid gets killed in a shootout who is charged with murder, the robber or the police?

Capitalist Infidel on July 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

So is there a converse to this logic?
Moral authority increases by using human shields?

Israeli children dying would level the moral playing field I guess… spread the wealth so to speak.

mjbrooks3 on July 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Eventually Hamas won’t get enough human shield volunteers if Israel hits the targets anyway…

Just sayin’…

PatriotRider on July 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Is it just me or does even Wolf Blitzer look baffled by Maddie?

Resist We Much on July 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Is that what gravitas looks like?

butch on July 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

When you’re surrounding weapons that will be used against civilians, you cease to be innocent.

joekenha on July 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Here is the cow

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Madeline Albright: Hamas putting civilians in line of fire hurts Israel’s ‘moral authority’

And, how many civilians would Hamas kill if it could?

The fact that its rockets are not as high-tech and Israel has the Iron Dome is irrelevant.

Oh, sure, there are lots of leftist Israelis, who believe that the Iron Dome is an ‘unfair advantage,’ must be scrapped, and more ‘sacrifices for peace’ should be made on behalf of Israelis…because ‘fairness.’

Fvck that. If Mexican cartels were firing thousands of rockets into the US every year, would you be arguing that it would hurt America’s ‘moral authority’ to take out them and their capacity even if civilians were killed?

If Hamas laid down its weapons and renounced violence, what would Israel do? Would it ‘wipe Hamas off the map’? No.

If Israel laid down its weapons and renounced violence, what would Hamas do? Just look at the Hamas Charter for the answer.

‘The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!’

- Article 7 of the Hamas Charter

Resist We Much on July 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Anti-Israel oozes from her.

albill on July 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

And then try to figure out who has any influence over Hamas in order to get them to accept a cease-fire.”

How about Iran? But does anybody think they care about civilian casualties? Especially Palestinian?

major dad on July 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Early onset nonsense.

Ronnie on July 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

“But the bottom line is, I think that this is hurting Israel’s moral authority,”

What a load of BULLSHIT!

“Innocent”? If those people stick around after being warned, they’re hardly “innocent”.

DUMB ASS might be a more apt description.

GarandFan on July 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Ugly person, uttering ugly things.

That’s Madeline Not-At-Albright.

orangemtl on July 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

She’s a self-loathing Jew.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Behold one of the Ugliest Beings to ever breathe…

No, Pelosi’s a piker compared to this woman..

Oh, and has anyone ever checked to see if this woman is
Helen Thomas’ uglier Step Sister??

ToddPA on July 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Anti-Israel oozes from her.

And here, I was thinking it was just senile pelvic floor weakness.
Thanks for the correction.

orangemtl on July 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Pro-Palestinian Goons Shouted “Kill Jews,” “Hitler Should Finish You Off” As They Pummeled Jewish Israel Supporters In Calgary…

Does Ms Albright, who lost three grandparents and other family members in the Holocaust, wish to revise and extend her remarks about ‘moral authority’?

Resist We Much on July 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Anti-Israel oozes from her.

albill on July 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Some of that ooze is her inherent weapons-grade stupidity.

Athos on July 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Still Stupid

conservativecaveman on July 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Albright is a retard. Always has been.

jaime on July 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Hey, Madeline Not At Albright, here is a Dylan song you need to listen to:

Well the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man
His enemies say he’s on their land
They got him outnumbered about a million to one
He got no place to escape to, no place to run
He’s the neighborhood bully

Neighborhood bully, he just lives to survive
He’s criticized and condemned for being alive
Not supposed to fight back and have thick skin
Supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in
He’s the neighborhood bully

Neighborhood bully been driven out of every land
He’s wandered the earth, an exiled man
Seen his family scattered, people hounded and torn
He’s always on trial for just being born
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized
Old women condemned him, said, “He should apologize”
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, ain’t nobody was glad
The bombs were meant for him, he was supposed to feel bad
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him
There’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him given out to every maniac
He’s the neighborhood bully

But he got no allies to really speak of
But he gets, he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love
He buys obsolete weapons and he won’t be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease
Now they wouldn’t hurt a fly, to hurt one they would weep
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep
He’s the neighborhood bully

Every empire that’s enslaved him is gone
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon
He’s made a garden of paradise in the desert sand
In bed with nobody, under no ones command
He’s the neighborhood bully

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health
He’s the neighborhood bully

What’s anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin’, they say, he just likes to cause war
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed
Neighborhood bully

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill
Running out the clock, time standing still, neighborhood bully

DeweyWins on July 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

coolrepublica suggested that the Jews live elsewhere, but hasn’t said where.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Have another six oack Madeline.

rplat on July 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

This is what happens when senility outpaces librul stupidity. Every few years The United States cycles one of these librul idiots through our State Department. This is just so our foreign policy will be in such a shambles that when conservatives get back in power, they have so much to repair to break us even that the Conservative policies only get implemented enough to hold off the wolves until the next librul is cycled through.

Old Country Boy on July 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Hamas keeping civilians in a war zone as human shields is criminal.
Period.

anotherJoe on July 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

And yet you never hear the arguments about Democrats losing moral authority for the lives they’ve destroyed. That’s just breaking a few eggs to make an omelette dontcha know!

Skywise on July 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I am still amazed that this stupid, ugly women was married at one time. Alcohol and lots of it had to be involved.

1sttofight on July 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

I call them snit wrinkles.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Cognitive dissonance, NotsoBright has it times ten.

She sure did some fine work with North Korea though.

jukin3 on July 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Sooo … if I’m following her logic correctly … Israel should fight back, by putting Israeli civilians in harms way, so that they hurt Hamas’ “moral authority.”
.
Am I right, or not ?

listens2glenn on July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Anytime these so called Media outlets have a Democrat
Anti Semite on, they should just play the clip of
Helen Thomas with the evil witch voice:

“They need to get the Hell out of Palestine”

Geez! That’s enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine!!

There you go Dems. you’re nothing but a bunch of
Anti Semite Parasites!!

Yoo Hoo, oh Coolrepublic! Come Hither!!

ToddPA on July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Ehhh, she is more properly called Madeline “Half Bright.” Dissembling incoherent thoughts like these, just prove it’s the proper sobrequet.

Webrider on July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Is it just me or do all Democrats devolve into Helen Thomas?

Immolate on July 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM

She’s a self-loathing Jew.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

To be fair, her parents converted to Catholicism – the religion in which she was raised. She later converted to Episcopalianism.

Resist We Much on July 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Democrats hate Jews, and Jews always vote democrat. Go figure.

Rational Thought on July 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Remember when this…woman, Helen Thomas look-alike, was shocked her family was Jewish?

vityas on July 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Sooo … if I’m following her logic correctly … Israel should fight back, by putting Israeli civilians in harms way, so that they hurt Hamas’ “moral authority.”
.
Am I right, or not ?

listens2glenn on July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

She’d like 568 Israelis killed now. Level the field.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The best and brightest of the Demorats, that right there.

Akzed on July 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

What an ignorant old witch.

Israel is using weapons to protect her citizens.

The palestinian terrorists are using their own people to protect their weapons.

Israel has the ‘moral authority’ to defend herself – period – and no amount of blathering from anti-Israel nuts like Albright, Kerry, obama, obama’s state-run media, et al, is going to change that

Pork-Chop on July 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Maybe Sean Penn can straighten her out.

HiJack on July 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

7 words that Dems use to precede “,but”</em:

“Israel has the right to defend itself…”

Kenz on July 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM

“But the bottom line is, I think that this is hurting Israel’s moral authority,”

“Moral authority” didn’t stop her and Slick Willie when they bombed Serbia in 99. Hit a Chinese embassy too.

oryguncon on July 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

katiejane on July 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Why, exactly, would Israel need to give a mea culpa?

ladyingray on July 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

When asked on US television if she [Madeline Albright, then US Secretary of State] thought that the death of half a million Iraqi children [from sanctions in Iraq] was a price worth paying, Albright replied: “This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it.”

Laurence on July 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

When will geniuses like Albright and the NYT editorial board realize that they are responsible for the Palestinian civilian deaths orchestrated by Hamas?

Israel does not want to kill civilians, they only want to be left in peace.

Hamas attacks Isreal with thousands of rockets, then deliberately puts their civilians as human shields to guard the rockets in hopes that they will be killed and that Albright and the NYT will make statements against Israel.

As Hamas lacks the intellect or ability to develop actual weapons, they fall back on useful tools like the NYT and Albright.

If the NYT and Albright would condemn Hamas incessantly and unequivocally, Hamas might stop using civilians as human shields. Until then, the NYT and Albright and everyone else that morally attacks ISrael for the death Hamas orchestrates are far more guilty in the Palestinian civilian deaths than is Israel. Albright and the NYT are the fuel that keeps the Hamas propoganda machine orchestrating these deaths. Does the NYT have enough remaining synapses to realize this and act appropriately? Doubtful.

talkingpoints on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Albright opening her mouth is a sign of how stupid she is.

Nat George on July 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

She is the idiot who gave us a nuclear North Korea.

Without her counterproductive diplomacy, they would have been deterred.

[Jimmy Carter does get an assist, credit where due].

Adjoran on July 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Further proof of the saying “beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone”.

dentarthurdent on July 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I do think it is very hard to watch

I think she was criticizing Israeli PR and “optics,” not Israeli conduct. Not that she has the remotest qualifications to do so.

Seth Halpern on July 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Mad Albright has the reasoning skills to work for Obama!

They appear to be absent or non-3existant

Obamatrix on July 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Madeleine has been hitting the Schnapps again.

kjatexas on July 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Why, exactly, would Israel need to give a mea culpa?

ladyingray on July 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

coolbraindeadbimbo might accept a mass suicide. Maybe.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Why was Wolf interviewing Frankenstein about Gaza?

Fathom on July 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Only in the liberal Bizarro-world universe does Palestinian barbarity reflect badly on its enemies.

Socratease on July 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Halfbright: “I need more lemon pledge.”

The Evil Doctor K on July 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Israel should worry, and does, about one thing – survival.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I think it was Golda Meir who said:

If the Arabs laid down their weapons today, tomorrow the Mid-East would have no conflict.
If the Jews laid down their weapons today, tomorrow the Mid-East would have no Jews.

That may not be exact, but it certainly was/is true.

oldleprechaun on July 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I can not stand Madeline Albright – to the point of anger.

disguted by the elites on July 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Helen Thomas left a vacancy that Madaline must be eyeballing….

BigWyo on July 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

She’d like 568 Israelis killed now. Level the field.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Many of our HA trolls would like that too.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

That’s the same Madeline Halfbright that Clinton sent to forge peace in the Middle East toward the end of his admin. She ended up p*ssing off the Arabs and the Israelis. How’s that for diplomacy!! She even looks the same – ugly as sin.

crankybutt on July 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Doesn’t she have a celebrity basketball game to organize?

Ward Cleaver on July 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Our Dancing Diva of Diplomacy as Ollie north put it.

formwiz on July 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Albright: “More dead Jews”

/

faraway on July 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Albright is the same D A who was gushing all over Kim il Dong or whatever his name was, when she went to N, Korea….(D A stands for dumb ass idiot, BTW)

Why do libs embrace evil and every abhorrent behavior there is?

DWoDiego on July 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Considering that she is of Jewish heritage but she kept it a secret most of her life, you think she has any moral street credibility when it comes to talking about things Jewish?

avi natan on July 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Lefties will even sometimes acknowledge and admit truth, reason and yet still reject it if it strays from their narrative and worldview. Truth and reason thus, are inconsequential to them.

anuts on July 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

http://youtu.be/omnskeu-puE

500,000.

Ben Hur on July 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

https://bangordailynews.com/2012/06/08/news/world-news/nato-commander-apologizes-for-airstrike-that-killed-afghan-civilians/

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. commander of Western forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, traveled Friday to a province outside Kabul to apologize for an American airstrike that Afghan officials said killed 18 civilians.

Western military officials said the predawn raid on Wednesday was aimed at a Taliban commander and his associates in Logar’s Baraki Barak district. But local officials said bombardment killed not only insurgents, but 18 women and children — most of them wedding guests — in a structure adjacent to the one that was targeted.

Ben Hur on July 22, 2014 at 6:03 PM

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