By Jerry Alatalo
hy has Hillary Clinton been silent on the recent murder of Honduran environmental activist Berto Caceres, and Clinton’s role in relation to the coup of 2009 when she was Secretary of State in the Obama administration? It’s the same reason she refuses to show the American people the transcripts of her $225,000 speeches to Goldman Sachs – or explain the emails showing the truth behind the 2011 destruction of Libya and Gaddafi: total transparency on each of these matters would doom, end, her presidential aspiration and campaign.
Who could forget Secretary of State under Bill Clinton Madeline Albright (“…special place in hell for women who don’t vote for Hillary”) and her response to CBS News reporter Leslie Stahl’s question about 500,000 Iraqi children deaths from U.S. sanctions: “We think it’s worth it” – or Clinton’s darkly gleeful “We came, we saw, he died!” after Gaddafi’s death in 2011? Albright and Clinton willingly share their opinions on such historically profound, extremely negative in human consequence horrific situations, yet remain strangely silent when it comes to Wall Street speeches, the truth about Libya, Iraq and Syria, Berta Caceres’ murder, and the 2009 coup in Honduras.
While we’re focused on Clinton and her decisions on what to speak about, and what to remain silent on, in her race to become President of the United States, perhaps she can explain recently released emails sent to her State department staff hours after the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant explosions and disaster warning them to stay indoors to minimize risk from radiation plumes coming toward the U.S. – but didn’t issue the same urgent warning to all Americans.
Could Hillary’s Wall Street friends have major investments in the nuclear industry, and she decided not to warn the American people because nuclear corporation stocks would plummet in value as a result? Just as Albright asserted the lives of 500,000 innocent Iraqi children were “worth it”, did Clinton after Fukushima perceive the lives of American children potentially lost due to fatal doses of radiation “worth it” as well?
Is it possible for supporters of Hillary Clinton to ask her if the hundreds of Honduran environmental and social justice activists murdered since the 2009 coup in Honduras, including Berta Caceres, were “worth it”? Or, as Clinton’s steady response on her Goldman Sachs speeches may show the public relations template, will she persist with “no comment” until all the presidential candidates do the same?
Have the lives of innocent men, women and children who’ve perished in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Honduras and other regions of the world been perceived in the minds of Ms. Albright, Ms. Clinton and their friends as somehow an ordinary, normal “cost of doing business”? This is the paramount and essential moral, philosophical and spiritual question of our time, the 2016 U.S. presidential election, for this generation – for the future of humanity.
The silence only grows more deafening…
(Thank you to Democracy Now at YouTube)