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The principle of responsibility and collective sanctions
by Omar Bongo

The principle of responsibility and collective sanctions
is incompatible with the Western concept of justice.
- Omar Bongo

Do not forget that the Arab countries,
starting with Algeria and Egypt, are the ones that
have paid the heaviest toll because of Islamic terror.
- Omar Bongo

The world is now aware that the most unavoidable and
most dangerous weapon that exists is the blind decisiveness
of a man ready to sacrifice his life for an obscure cause.
- Omar Bongo

But since independence, Gabon is one of the few countries
in Central Africa that enjoys peace and stability.
- Omar Bongo

 

There is an idea of democracy produced by one-sided thinking.
- Omar Bongo

It is important to stress: Africa is also a victim
of the September 11 attacks.
- Omar Bongo

Because the world is in economic recession,
which worsened since this drama happened,
and our country will bear the burden of all of these consequences.
- Omar Bongo

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Certainly, Africa accounts for only l % of world trade,
and we cannot assure our development on our own.
- Omar Bongo

Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States,
has, on the contrary, intensified it.
- Omar Bongo

If the Soviet Union and the United States have not
experienced direct military confrontations,
on the other hand, they supported, armed and trained Africans,
to fight other Africans.
- Omar Bongo

The birth of the African Union should encourage us
to reexamine relations between African States.
- Omar Bongo

In short, we have, among African countries,
a duty of solidarity.
- Omar Bongo

But the Western countries that link their partnership
with the poorest countries with respect for democracy
also have to consider that they have obligations towards these countries.
- Omar Bongo

The free market economy is supposed to be the only
path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity,
power and influence of nations.
- Omar Bongo

The introduction of political pluralism often quickly led to bad results.
- Omar Bongo

I am in favor of complete freedom of information and
of free access to the new communication tools,
in particular the Internet.
- Omar Bongo

In brief, Western democracy, as other political models,
is not exportable to all regions of the world.
- Omar Bongo

The resources of our continent attract,
more than ever, the interests of rich countries.
- Omar Bongo

The shock caused by the September 11 events has also
lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity
between rich and poor countries,
on the misery of populations of the South.
- Omar Bongo

Information on the Internet must be as free as in the newspapers.
- Omar Bongo

Economic sanctions rarely achieve the desired results.
- Omar Bongo

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy
and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point -
if not a commodity -
of political groups aiming to rise to power.
- Omar Bongo

Instead of ideological objectives of a political nature,
today we are faced with ideological objectives of economic nature.
- Omar Bongo

I'm not aiming for the Nobel Peace Prize!
- Omar Bongo

It is not right to associate the fight against international
terrorist networks with an imaginary crusade against Islam.
- Omar Bongo

It is up to African leaders to show their will and
political courage in order to assure that this new
pan-African institution becomes an efficient instrument
and not a place for endless discussions.
- Omar Bongo

From the time of independences until the end of the Cold War,
in spite of the participation of a considerable number
of African states in the non-aligned movement,
everyone in fact chose to align with one or another of the two major blocks.
- Omar Bongo

Therefore, every country has to understand that fighting
against international terrorism is not for the sake of the United States,
but for the sake of themselves, and,
to a larger extent,
in the name of stability of international relations.
- Omar Bongo

In spite of our poverty and our economic dependence,
we do not have to give in, neither because we are sometimes
abandoned nor because of the wish of some nations to
impose their economic or political models.
- Omar Bongo

My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions
which I carried out during many conflicts,
which very often occurred between brothers of the same country,
are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations
based on personal ambitions.
- Omar Bongo

But it is important to observe that when Europe or
the United Nations impose sanctions that are supposed
to be aimed against a certain regime,
usually generally millions of people end up being directly punished.
- Omar Bongo

The African Union has to act in order to put an end
to armed conflicts that undermine the continent,
to fight against the devastation caused by AIDS and
other contagious diseases,
to promote sustainable development of its member states.
- Omar Bongo

When they favor the access of other people to education and health care,
the countries of the North not only demonstrate generosity or solidarity,
but also implement the principles of respecting and promoting human rights.
- Omar Bongo

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is necessary for us to understand that
the only Active Principle is Spirit.
- Ernest Holmes

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

Mind exists as a Principle in the universe,
just as electricity exists as a principle.
- Ernest Holmes

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

A man's country is not a certain area of land,
of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle
and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

I begin with the principle that all men are bores.
Surely no one will prove himself
so great a bore as to contradict me in this.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Here is my first principle of foreign policy:
good government at home.
- William E. Gladstone

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.
- Richard Rogers

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments
derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- Adrian Cronauer

In principle, the great religions of the world
do not differ as much as they appear to.
- Ernest Holmes

We are all born for love.
It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does
any harm to ask for what you want.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Health is the vital principle of bliss,
and exercise, of health.
- James Thomson

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled
flow of words in an open forum.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

There is no principle worth the name
if it is not wholly good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
- Albert Pike

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams

A business of high principle generates greater drive
and effectiveness because people know that they can
do the right thing decisively and with confidence.
- Marvin Bower

I shall argue that strong men, conversely,
know when to compromise and that all principles can
be compromised to serve a greater principle.
- Andrew Carnegie

It follows from what we have just said,
that the natural changes of monads come from an internal principle,
since an external cause would be unable to influence their inner being.
- Gottfried Leibniz

The principle of evil in Europe is the enervating spirit of Russian absolutism.
- Lajos Kossuth

Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.
- Arthur Murphy

Adversity is the trial of principle.
Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
- Henry Fielding

The principle of all successful effort is to try to
do not what is absolutely the best,
but what is easily within our power,
and suited for our temperament and condition.
- John Ruskin

Having proceeded to this length, for which they are now ripe,
we shall have a formidable rebellion against reason,
the principle of all government, and against the very name of liberty.
- Henry Knox

Our recent 5-year labour agreements,
in Canada as well as the United States,
are based upon experience, logic and principle rather than on pressure,
propaganda and force.
- Charles E. Wilson


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