The pro-NATO Atlantic Council think tank is to honor former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at its Freedom Awards this week.

She will be honored along side Syrian child activist Bana Alabed. Syrian and international critics have argued that the 9 year old Syrian opposition icon has been exploited by her parents and others as a propaganda tool for a pro-war agenda.

Albright meanwhile is the person who said sanctions against Iraq were “worth” the price, even though the price meant hundreds of thousands of dead children.

RT reports: The Freedom Awards honor individuals who “defend and advance the cause of freedom around the world” and will be hosted in Berlin later this week — but the nominations have caused quite a few puzzled reactions online.

According to the Atlantic Council website, Albright will be recognized for her “championing of global democracy” and as an exemplar of “the power of diplomacy in achieving solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.”

Albright seems like an odd choice, however, given she is known around the world for defending US sanctions on Iraq which caused the deaths of more than half a million Iraqi children.

When asked in an infamous 1996 interview if she thought the sanctions were “worth” the price — the price being hundreds of thousands of dead children — Albright replied almost without hesitation, that “the price is worth it.”

Alongside Albright will be a 9-year-old Twitter activist who is no stranger to controversy herself. Numerous Syrian and international commentators have argued that Syrian opposition icon Bana Alabed has been exploited by her parents and others as a propaganda tool for a pro-war agenda.

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