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When al-Qaeda was on the run from Afghanistan crossing through Iran,
by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

When al-Qaeda was on the run from Afghanistan crossing through Iran,
some were arrested and they are imprisoned.
Some of them are charged with some actions in Iran.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The important matter is freedom.
When the people choose what they want,
it is good for them and for us.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We do not trust the goodwill of the U.S.
They have cut the ties.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

If we have any problems, it's always with the government of the United States.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

 

There is no doubt that America is a superpower of the
world and we cannot ignore them.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Condi Rice talks tough but she cannot be tough herself.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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We don't have any bad memories of the people of the United States.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The United States is a big country but unfortunately
it seems it has the brain of a little bird not befitting
the greatness of the country.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

And I gave this directive to them, that if they free
our assets in the United States,
that would be a sign of goodwill.
I have the same idea this time.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I'm not satisfied with the progress of the work,
but I am happy that the talks are going on.
It might have a negative effect if the United States joins.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Miss Rice talks very tough.
We have gotten used to this nonsense.
Miss Rice is a bit emotional about this,
and we predicted that she would have a more emotional approach to this.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I think the elections have gone well,
although there is so much insecurity in Iraq.
So far during the counting of ballots,
there has not been a significant complaint.
We have to wait to see what the outcome of the counting is.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I think that Americans should gradually begin to adopt
positive behavior rather than doing evil.
They should not expect an immediate reaction in return
for their positive measures.
It will take time.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The problem is that the Iraqi people are facing atrocities from both sides -
Zarqawi and also the American troops at times.
The Zarqawi groups uses car bombs, the Americans use other bombs.
You also know what they do in the prisons.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Each department and institution has its own authorities and responsibilities,
and they act on that basis.
It is wrong to even compare such actions to what is
done in Guantanamo or elsewhere by the Americans.
They do not stand on a high moral platform to preach to others.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We don't have a major problem right now in our country,
and life is normal.
Things like unemployment, which the youth are suffering from,
and the rate of inflation - these are chronic conditions
and we have to solve them.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

And they said if we help with the crisis,
they would do a lot of positive acts.
After we helped in those crises, they showed negative
acts and the Japanese and Turks were ashamed.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

When I talk about the assets, that was at the beginning of the talks.
I was president then.
I'm not president now.
When I said it, this would be a sign of goodwill to begin the talks.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Goodwill can be indicated in various ways.
I raised that particular example because at that time I was in charge.
Today, I'm not in a position to present other possibilities.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I have no idea what the U.S.
intends to do further there and what would be the reaction of the Iraqi people.
I only know that the sole option is to leave Iraq to the Iraqi people.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I believe the main solution is to gain the trust of
Europe and America and to remove their concerns over
the peaceful nature of our nuclear industry and to
assure them that there will never be a diversion to military use.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We want all the Palestinians back in their homeland,
and then there can be a fair referendum for people
to choose the form of state they want.
Whoever gets the majority can rule.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

We did not treat the Americans badly.
They left Iran in a relaxed mood.
The embassy was active here after the revolution.
We didn't have any problem with them.
They started it.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Both of them were the children of the United States.
They sacrificed their children for the benefit of the others.
But they were not very devoted children of the United States.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Now, al Qaeda's on the run.
Afghanistan is no longer a base of operations.
The Afghan government is a friendly government that
is trying to bring democracy to its people.
- Condoleezza Rice

Al Qaeda is still a threat.
We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein
Obama got elected as president,
suddenly everything is going to be OK.
- Barack Obama

The Justices are currently considering a case,
argued last month, which seeks to extend the writ of
habeas corpus to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo.
- John Yoo

Our resolution urges all Latin American and Caribbean
countries to designate al Qaeda,
Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad
as terrorist organizations.
- Tom Lantos

It was Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda who attacked the U.S.
on September 11, 2001, not Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
- Peter DeFazio

That is because the conflict with al Qaeda is not governed
by the Geneva Conventions,
which applies only to international conflicts between
states that have signed them.
- John Yoo

The blame for the 9/11 attacks lays squarely and exclusively
with the Al-Qaeda network.
- Kay Granger

It was not a religion that attacked us that September day.
It was al-Qaeda.
We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker
down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
- Barack Obama

I think it is important for Europe to understand that
even though I am president and George Bush is not president,
Al Qaeda is still a threat.
- Barack Obama

There have been linkages between the Iraqi government
and al-Qaeda going back more or less a decade.
- Douglas Feith

There's no connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq.
- George Clooney

But there have been many news reports that water-boarding
has been used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,
who is one of the major al Qaeda figures that we have in U.S.
custody.
- Jane Mayer

The effort to blur the lines between Guantanamo and
Abu Ghraib reflects a deep misunderstanding about the
different legal regimes that apply to Iraq and the war against al Qaeda.
- John Yoo

The mission - the overall mission is to dismantle and
defeat and disrupt al-Qaeda.
But we have to make sure there's not a safe haven that returns in Afghanistan.
- Michael Mullen

We deny and have always denied having the slightest link with al-Qaeda.
- Aslan Maskhadov

I strongly support the call to greatly expand our human
intelligence capability to penetrate al Qaeda and gather
critical intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks on our homeland.
- Jim Ramstad

A foreign ideology cannot be introduced into Chechnya -
were it through an Arab or al-Qaeda.
Our experience is rich and long enough for us to be
Muslims and know what jihad is.
- Aslan Maskhadov

There were no international terrorists in Iraq until we went in.
It was we who gave the perfect conditions in which Al Qaeda could thrive.
- Robin Cook

Applying different standards to al Qaeda does not abandon Geneva,
but only recognizes that the U.S.
faces a stateless enemy never contemplated by the Conventions.
- John Yoo

In my judgment, the greatest risks are international
terrorist groups like al Qaeda and Hezbollah.
The war in Iraq has taken our attention off those priorities.
- Bob Graham

They have called Operation Iraqi Freedom a war of choice
that isn't part of the real war on terror.
Someone should tell that to al Qaeda.
- John Boehner

All around the world one heard or read that there was
no connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
- Peter Schuyler

They have involved co-operation between the Iraqi intelligence
and al-Qaeda operatives on training and combined operations
regarding bomb making and chemical and biological weapons.
- Douglas Feith

I fear that our true motivation is about oil and our own flailing economy;
about the failure to destroy Al Qaeda and about revenge.
- Dave Matthews

Let me say what I actually believe.
I believe that 9/11 was a conspiracy,
by Al Qaeda, and Osama Bin Laden, and no one else trying to hurt America.
- Van Jones

This is not the first time that Mexican authorities
have handed over an Arab from a country with known
Al Qaeda connections to a local sheriff across the border.
FBI picks them up and disappears.
- John Culberson

I think the real target of al-Qaeda is Saudi Arabia by the way.
They hate us and we're a vehicle to get at Saudi Arabia.
I think Osama bin Laden really wants to topple that
regime and have his people move in,
but that's a whole other story.
- Frank Carlucci

And beyond that, the next issue is how do we guarantee one of these weapons,
not necessarily this missile, but nuclear weapons ends
up in the hands of Al Qaeda or some other terrorist group.
- Lawrence Eagleburger

To make the argument that the media has a left-
or right-wing,
or a liberal or a conservative bias,
is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they
use too much oil in their hummus.
- Al Franken

While it may be true that the UAE has been an ally since the September 11,
2001, attacks, the American people know it has also
harbored and aided some of the al Qaeda agents who
were involved in that attack.
- Bart Gordon

This body, the United States Congress,
was united, Republicans and Democrats alike,
in taking that action, toppling the Taliban government,
and working to try and root out al Qaeda and find Osama bin Laden.
- Chris Van Hollen

We know that al Qaeda is seeking radioactive materials
and technology to launch a devastating attack,
and that hundreds of radioactive sources have been
lost or stolen in the U.S.
and around the world.
- Ed Markey

No one should be surprised when Osama bin Laden and
al Qaeda detonate a weapon of mass destruction in the United States.
I don't believe in inevitability.
But I think it's pretty close to being inevitable.
- Michael Scheuer

Al Qaeda is not the organization now that it was before.
It is under stress organizationally.
Its leadership spends more time trying to figure out
how to keep from getting caught than they do trying to launch operations.
- Cofer Black

The plan we developed to deal with al Qaeda depended
on developing sources of human and technical intelligence
that could give us insights into his plans at the tactical level.
This is easy to say but hard to accomplish.
- Cofer Black

Assange is not a 'journalist' any more than the 'editor'
of al-Qaeda's new English-language magazine 'Inspire' is a 'journalist.'
He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.
- Sarah Palin

But then Iraq happened after September 2001 and America
claimed that Al Qaeda was there,
and we all know that was a lie and we now know that
our own Prime Minister deceived the country terribly.
- Clare Short

In fact, if you look upon the situation today,
there is great division in the world and we have failed
to capitalize on that unity to finish the job in Afghanistan and against al Qaeda.
- Chris Van Hollen

Were there contacts over time between Iraq and al-Qaeda? Yes,
there were efforts made to communicate.
We found no evidence of collaboration in any effort
to mount any kind of operation against the United States' interests.
- Richard Ben-Veniste

With terrorist groups like al Qaeda,
you can't learn what you want to learn about their
capabilities and their future plans by taking a picture of it,
and they've learned not to use the telephone.
- Bob Graham

You would have thought that after 9/11 the president
would have finished the job in Afghanistan,
and kept the focus on capturing Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda deputies,
but he and his team gave top priority to their original plan to invade Iraq.
- Bill Nelson

Members of al Qaeda and other affiliated organizations
spent a great deal of time blending into the populations
of several nations around the world and exploring all aspects of life there.
- Jo Bonner

This is technology that will not go away.
And to risk it moving into the hands of a terrorist
group like al Qaeda or to other focused enemies of the United States,
would have tragic consequences.
- John Sununu

If al Qaeda or any other enemy of our country manages
to create a situation or explode a bomb or murder or
incapacitate large numbers of our people,
we cannot wait for 7 weeks of a special election in order to deal with that.
- Dana Rohrabacher

Punishing abuse in Iraq should not return the U.S.
to Sept.
10, 2001, in the way it fights al Qaeda,
while Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants remain
at large and continue to plan attacks.
- John Yoo

We're here so that Afghanistan does not once again
become a sanctuary for transnational extremists the
way it was when al-Qaeda planned the 9/11 attacks in the Kandahar area,
conducted the initial training for the attackers in
training camps in Afghanistan before they moved on
to Germany and then to U.S.
flight schools.
- David Petraeus


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