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Lakhdar Brahimi Quote of the Day

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Several million people inside and outside Afghanistan
are destitute and desperately in need of help.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

The mandate you go with is intimidating and also is
a source of respect that you gain,
because you have come with this mandate from the United Nations.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

At times one feels that what is being said in the West
is that the fact that you are a Muslim predisposes you to this blind,
stupid terrorism.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

There is a firm, clear commitment to provide resources
and ideas to enable us to organize the Afghans towards
starting the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

 

Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

I think a failed state is the responsibility of the
people who have made that state fail,
and those are generally the people of that country.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

If you are talking about terrorism, you need to sit
down and understand what is making these people put
dynamite around their waists and blow themselves up.
- Lakhdar Brahimi


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People now realize that globalization is not only for
the multi-nationals and the circulation of money.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Somebody was asking me the other day -
President Bush is now talking about freedom for the Arab world.
I say, well, that's great.
I was talking about that fifty years ago.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

What again I tell my people is that no matter how much you know,
it's never enough.
You will always discover, after the fact,
that you've missed something.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Afghanistan is a land-locked country.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

But you've got to understand what the other guy is about,
even if at the end of the process you decide that there
is no ground with this man or woman except to fight them.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

There again, that is a fundamental principle:
no two situations are alike.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Probably I understand very much the people who rise against injustice.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

When you go from one place to another,
you go with experience, you don't go with prescriptions.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

To leave Afghanistan as a playground for terrorists
and adventurers was simply not possible anymore.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

There is an expression now that is commonly used about
these so-called internal conflicts which are not really internal,
because they have connections to the outside world.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

It also seems that the Afghans themselves want to avail
themselves of this opportunity and all recognize that
the UN is uniquely qualified to help bring them together.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

But you are absolutely right that when the international
community decides to help in a meaningful manner a
country like Afghanistan,
then coordination between the various actors that are
involved in these processes is very,
very difficult indeed.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Iraq is a country that has been invaded.
It's not a failing state that you want to help.
It's a country that was functioning good or bad,
with a horrible dictator, but you have invaded.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

The events of September 11 and what has happened since
have made people understand that even a small,
distant and far away country like Afghanistan cannot
be left to break up into anarchy and chaos without
consequences for the whole world.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

But I knew that what had happened was an eye-opener
not only to the United States but also to Pakistan,
who realized that after what has happened on the 11th of September,
it was simply impossible to continue to play those games in Afghanistan.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

There is an element of luck, there is an element of trial and error,
sometimes you fail, sometimes you succeed.
It's not as beautifully simple as it may seem when we are talking about it.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

There is a story which is not being told strongly enough
of the Afghan employees of the UN inside the country
who are saving hundreds of thousands of lives everyday
by their bravery and nobody talks of them.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

In the globalized world that is ours,
maybe we are moving towards a global village,
but that global village brings in a lot of different people,
a lot of different ideas, lots of different backgrounds,
lots of different aspirations.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

A fly cannot go in unless it stops somewhere;
therefore weapons,
fuel, food, money will not go to Afghanistan unless
the neighbors of Afghanistan are working,
are cooperating, either being themselves the origin or the transit.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

In Rwanda that genocide happened because the international
community and the Security Council refused to give,
again, another 5000 troops which would have cost,
I don't know, maybe fifty, a hundred,
million dollars.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

However, it does seem now that the international community,
more importantly the powers that have influence,
and, even more importantly, Afghanistan's neighbors
realize that it is high time that they work together,
and not against one another.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog,
with people who have suffered, people who have been
pushed around by foreigners in particular,
but also by their own people.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

You are dealing with people who have taken the responsibility
of killing their own because they think that they are right,
they think that they are serving the interests of their people.
They not going to give that up easily,
just because you've shown up.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

So, the international community are all the countries that are important:
the United States definitely everywhere;
the European Union because it is very important,
and also, they do show a great deal of international responsibility;
and then the local players.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

The third point is that for some time the UN has been
talking about helping Afghanistan in the reconstruction
of the country but there has never been any real commitment
by the international community to provide resources for that.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

We can never replace a friend.
When a man is fortunate enough to have several,
he finds they are all different.
No one has a double in friendship.
- Johann Schiller

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
- David M. Shoup

What we've gone through in the last several years has
caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?'
- Steve Ballmer

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific.
I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style,
and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.
- Brock Yates

Reminds me of my safari in Africa.
Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days
we had to live on nothing but food and water.
- W. C. Fields

Nature and human life are as various
as our several constitutions.
Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
- Henry David Thoreau

I've got two old Volvos, two old Subarus,
and an old Ford Ranger.
If you've got an old car, you've gotta have at least several old cars,
'cause one's always gonna be in the garage.
- Rip Torn

My mother told me on several different occasions that
she was livin' her dream vicariously through me.
She once said that I was getting' to do all the things
that she would have wanted to have done.
- Buck Owens

I've quoted Lost in America several times.
- Robin Tunney

This seems highly likely, especially as it has been
shown that in several systems mutations affecting the
same amino acid are extremely near together on the genetic map.
- Francis Crick

If you own a home with wheels on it and several cars without,
you just might be a redneck.
- Jeff Foxworthy

There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow
the definition to include only those who in their search
for money and power are ruthless and deceitful.
- Henry A. Wallace

Among the American contemporaries I read with most
enjoyment are several North Carolinians.
I think the best poetry being written these days is
being written by Southerners.
- Robert Morgan

In my home State of Louisiana, several institutions
of higher education have been impacted by both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,
literally dozens across the entire State.
- Bobby Jindal

Having designed and built several clocks during my
career it suddenly occurred to me that when you look
at the face of a clock both hands have the same center.
- Kit Williams

I've known Shawn for several years.
And he's just an amazing talent.
He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player,
and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark

Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent?
Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
- Jacob Bronowski

It took several years of hard work in small roles before I attained stardom.
- Bela Lugosi

I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out.
- Carl Sandburg

I heard what was said of the universe,
heard it and heard it of several thousand years;
it is middling well as far as it goes -
but is that all?
- Walt Whitman

We are keeping New Jersey one step, several steps,
ahead of terrorism.
- Richard J. Codey

We emigrated to South Africa and later to Canada so
I went to school in several places.
- J. Philippe Rushton

And several galleries - two had asked me and I said no,
because I didn't want to leave things on consignment.
- Beatrice Wood

We're all going to be victims of temptation at several points in our lives.
- Smokey Robinson

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several
portions of the 1st Amendment.
It is part of the right of free speech.
It embraces freedom of the press.
- Hugo Black

I also held several masters running titles.
- Frank Shorter

A revolution can be neither made nor stopped.
The only thing that can be done is for one of several
of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age,
some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.
- John Donne

Foreign policy can mean several things,
not only foreign policy in the narrow sense.
It can cover foreign policy, relations with the developing world,
and enlargement as well.
- Romano Prodi

I have been to several wars to draw.
I went to Vietnam.
And made drawings in Vietnam during that period of the war there,
and found that to be a very very sad situation.
- Gerald Scarfe

There are several paths one can take,
but not every path is open to you.
- Claire Bloom

The space shuttle has been a fantastic vehicle.
It is unlike any other thing that we've ever built.
Its capabilities have carried several hundred people into space.
- Robert Crippen

The Treatise tries to analyze not only modern Western families,
but also those in other cultures and the changes in
family structure during the past several centuries.
- Gary Becker

I thought it was going to take a lot more countdowns on the pad.
We actually did scrub once, but I figured we'd scrub
several times since it's a pretty complicated vehicle.
- Robert Crippen

Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly
begun to question the direction and meaning of our
society as it has developed over the past several centuries.
- Alex Campbell

The town caught fire in several places,
shells crashed and burst, and solid shot rained like hail.
- James Longstreet

I got thrown out of school several weeks in my senior
year being caught in the girls' dorm.
This was 1954, friends.
The girls' dorm was off limits.
Even to girls, I think.
- Robert B. Parker


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