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The resources of our continent attract,
by Omar Bongo

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

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

Economic sanctions rarely achieve the desired results.
- Omar Bongo

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never forget the three powerful resources
you always have available to you:
love, prayer, and forgiveness.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you could utilize the resources of the end users' computers,
you could do things much more efficiently.
- Niklas Zennstrom

I think the environment should be put in the category
of our national security.
Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.
Otherwise what is there to defend?
- Robert Redford

Humor is a serious thing.
I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources,
which must be preserved at all cost.
- James Thurber

Just in terms of allocation of time resources,
religion is not very efficient.
There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
- Bill Gates

I have no money, no resources, no hopes.
I am the happiest man alive.
- Henry Miller

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting.
We allow them to disperse because
we've been ignorant of their value.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It is up to us as lawmakers to provide the resources
and streamlined processes that will enable our federal
forest managers to become the best possible steward of our lands.
- Greg Walden

We have a responsibility to make sure that the limited
resources we have are spent efficiently and effectively
and that programs achieve their mission.
- James T. Walsh

War is usually fought over diminishing resources,
particulary those that we perceive to be extremely valuable.
- Dennis Weaver

We save limited resources in terms of who we are physically screening.
The approach will allow us to pay more attention to
those potential terrorists.
- John Pistole

In addition, to punishing sexual offenders and protecting our children,
we must also provide services, resources and counseling
to the people who are victims of these horrible crimes.
- Jim Costa

We assume that everything's becoming more efficient,
and in an immediate sense that's true;
our lives are better in many ways.
But that improvement has been gained through a massively
inefficient use of natural resources.
- Paul Hawken

There are so many demands on your time,
on your resources, and on the prestige of the government.
- Brian Mulroney

And we have abundant natural energy resources in the country.
We haven't been taking adequate advantage of them,
and we can burn coal in a clean way;
we could improve the grid.
- John W. Snow

It's nice to work with Hollywood because there is never
any question of resources put at your disposal to make
a film as long as it is the right thing to do.
- Neil Jordan

Nigeria has no business with poverty.
With our human and material resources,
we shall strive to eradicate poverty from our country.
- Olusegun Obasanjo

Under the influence of fear, which always leads men
to take a pessimistic view of things,
they magnified their enemies' resources,
and minimized their own.
- Titus Livius

The more specific and measurable your goal,
the more quickly you will be able to identify,
locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary
resources for its achievement.
- Charles J. Givens

We are just statistics, born to consume resources.
- Horace

Our Nation must provide sufficient access to healthcare,
adequate benefits, and the supplemental resources our
veterans were promised and so dearly need.
We owe our heroes no less.
- Dan Lipinski

Not being beautiful was the true blessing.
Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources.
The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
- Golda Meir

How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life
of leisure without fatigue.
- Natalie Clifford Barney

We need American sources of resources,
we need American energy, brought to you by American
ingenuity and produced by American workers.
- Sarah Palin

I can see now a vision emerging how Canada is going
to profit in the future from our Arctic resources without
destroying the environment on which it is all based.
- Brian Mulroney

And I believe that it becomes a troubled continent
because there are those who must always cause confusion
so that we do not keep these natural resources.
- Miriam Makeba

Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals;
but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach.
- Pindar

Humanity today possesses sufficient economic,
cultural and spiritual resources to introduce a better global order.
- Hans Kung

For our welfare reform efforts to be successful,
we must empower local charitable organizations with
the resources to address their local community needs.
- Mel Carnahan

In addition, the oil royalties the Federal Government
does not collect from big oil will starve the Land
and Water Conservation Fund of critical financial resources.
- Ron Kind

We have already seen evidence that, notwithstanding
the addition of substantial resources,
we are experiencing great stress in recruiting and
not inconsequential retention problems.
- John M. McHugh

Europe has united, China is growing speedily and Russia
possesses immense power in terms of fuel resources.
The US administration cannot do anything about it.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

If the Internet teaches us anything,
it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons,
where they're free for people to build upon as they see fit.
- Lawrence Lessig

Handcuffing the ability of states and localities to
develop clean fuels in the cheapest possible way,
using local resources, is not sound or sensible policy.
- Jan Schakowsky

Already, China has undermined U.S.
foreign policy in efforts to gain access to oil resources in Iran and Sudan.
We simply cannot separate the political and economic values of oil.
- Jo Ann Emerson

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources.
In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate
the dangers that imperil the brave.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Nonetheless, I sense that it will be the task of the
future to somehow synthesize the sheer diversity of
our present resources into a more organic and well-ordered procedure.
- George Crumb


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