Is the War on Terror over?
Madeleine Albright weighs in
- Duration 4:09
- Date Apr 25, 2012
Madeleine Albright weighs in
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I did you hear the war on terror is over -- that's according to a State Department official who said this.
Quote the war on terror is over now that we have killed most of al-Qaeda now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression.
People who once might have gone into al-Qaeda see an opportunity for a legitimate.
-- -- -- -- now former secretary of state under President Clinton and author of the new -- Prague winter a personal story of remembrance and -- 1937 to 1948.
-- secretary Madeleine Albright so good to see you very good to have you thank you for stopping by and is the war on terror over.
I have to tell you this I never liked the term war on terror because the people who hit us on 9/11 were murders plain and simple.
And Islamic extremists -- some of them where Islamic extreme all.
All of them were absolutely but the bottom line is is by calling -- a war on terror we made them warriors in -- outside east.
And gave them greater legitimacy frankly their murders plain and simple.
And I'm very glad that the president got Osama bin Laden that ideology beads spread that al-Qaeda -- -- do you think that battle is done.
I think that there are always extremist Islamist jihadist who want to get rid of our western values I think the thing that we have to deal with them.
Is that Islam and islamists it is not a monolithic.
-- just like any religion.
There are those that have very different views within it and so I am very troubled -- we just automatically say everybody that's a Muslim.
Is an extremist.
There are extremists in all religions and I think we have to be very careful I spent an awful lot of time on this.
When I was secretary and I wrote another book about the role of god and religion and foreign policy and I spent time looking at this and I think we have to be.
Smart enough to distinguish between those who are.
Who believe in peace and then those that are extremists and want to kill us.
Yeah if you're new book -- Prague winter takes a look at your personal history and then you were grown up.
There was so much about your family you didn't know and you learned about it over time.
-- did you know -- came to the United States when I was eleven years old I was raised Catholic.
I became an episcopalian when I got married.
And I found out about my Jewish background.
Only when I became.
Just as I was about to become secretary of state and and so my book is about trying to sort that story out and trying to figure out.
What my parents thought -- speculating and then putting it within -- historical context.
Of that period which was an unbelievable historical period.
I find it so fascinating I mean your life has -- fall.
You are the first woman secretary of state.
And then you find out this huge surprise your life you were actually born Jewish and some your -- -- in these concentration camps.
Why did you parents not -- well I can only speculate about that and this is what I have done this to say my parents.
Wanted to and they left to terrible story behind in Czechoslovakia.
We have spent the war in England my father was a Czechoslovak diplomat.
And a real I think people have to understand -- -- Czechoslovak.
It was very interesting that period where.
It was in new country and he wanted to identify himself with that.
And then they found out that everybody had been killed about.
More than two dozen of my relatives I find were exterminated in the concentration camps and then we came to America.
And I think that they really wanted a new life and they didn't want to burden.
All of us -- of what was horrendous.
And then I decided.
In in writing the book that they never could find the right words to talk about it.
And they -- just think about it here we came we moved to Denver we had no idea where -- Denver was.
And basically where had the opportunity to start over and you know.