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If the Soviet Union and the United States have not
by 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

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

Economic sanctions rarely achieve the desired results.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It seems that the most important thing about Reagan
was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk
who saw the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire.'
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Russia also declared its independence.
This was approved by the Supreme Soviet,
and you know and remember that there was the Declaration
on the Independence of Russia.
- Boris Yeltsin

The Communists at that moment were very strong in Italy,
and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest Communist
Party outside the Soviet Union.
- Giovanni Agnelli

In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station.
Look what happened to them.
They tried to classify everything.
- Tom Clancy

Amin managed to invite both the US and Soviet ambassadors
to his palace at the very same time and then deliberately
kept them together in his waiting room.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The difficulties of conducting espionage against the
Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically
the Agency had backed away from the task.
- Aldrich Ames

The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there chess players were not rich.
Only Fischer changed that.
- Boris Spassky

I am a Soviet man, and Yeltsin is a Soviet man -
maybe our grandchildren will be different.
- Aleksandr Lebed

I did a long concert tour in England and Denmark and Sweden,
and I also sang for the Soviet people,
one of the finest musical audiences in the world.
- Paul Robeson

If kids can forget their own mothers but still have
a sense of comrade Lenin,
then Soviet power really is here to stay!
- Andrei Platonov

I said in court a long time ago that I didn't see that
the Soviet Union was significantly helped by the information I gave them,
nor that the United States was significantly harmed.
- Aldrich Ames

We then came to the Soviet Union.
One day we were walking and carrying our banner and
distributing a few leaflets in Russian to people,
and we met two women on the road.
- Satish Kumar

Castro couldn't even go to the bathroom unless the
Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet.
- Richard M. Nixon

Even in the former Soviet Union, they have good copies of my movies.
- Dario Argento

According to the official version of history,
CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980,
that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan,
24 Dec 1979.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

People ask if I regret not winning a Stanley Cup,
but winning the series against the Soviet Union was the best.
It was the greatest experience of my hockey career by far.
- Marcel Dionne

There was no race - but to the extent that there was an arms competition,
it was almost entirely on the Soviet side,
first to catch up and then to surpass the Americans.
- Herman Kahn

During the election in 1989, there was the first Soviet
election with alternative candidates to local government.
I myself arranged special training for them.
- Anatoly Chubais

There used to be this country called the Soviet Union;
it's not there anymore.
Our technology was better than theirs.
- Tom Clancy

Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.
- Joseph Stalin

The interests of the Soviet Union are in controlling
highly developed countries and having the benefit of
their economies so that they can run their own inefficient empire.
- Barbara Amiel

Without Jimmy Carter we might not have gotten Ronald Reagan,
without Ronald Reagan there would probably still be a Soviet Union.
- Newt Gingrich

When I decided to go to a country that subsidized music,
I went to the Soviet Union for two years.
- Alex North

In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism.
In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.
- Fran Lebowitz

Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart.
Anyone who wants it restored has no brains.
- Vladimir Putin

Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are trying to
do everything so that there will not be war on Earth.
This is what every Soviet man wants.
- Yuri Andropov

I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never,
or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political
or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

Well, the Communists at that moment were very strong
in Italy and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest
Communist Party outside Soviet Union,
there's no doubt about that.
- Gianni Agnelli

The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world -
no ideals.
- Golda Meir

Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand.
Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A.
cop that guns him down.
- Edward Abbey

Outside the walls, among others, is the Soviet Empire.
It is malevolent, destructive and expanding.
It has swallowed up over half a dozen countries since World War II.
- Barbara Amiel

Throughout Soviet times, I understood what was really
happening in the world around me.
- Lennart Meri

The Soviet Union did not achieve victory over the West,
so was my information inadequate to help them to victory,
or did it play no particular role in their failure to achieve victory?
- Aldrich Ames

Membership of the United Nations gives every member
the right to make a fool of himself,
and that is a right of which the Soviet Union in this
case has taken full advantage.
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

It didn't take long to recognise the shortcomings of
the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world.
- Garry Kasparov

Look at the Afghans, during the time of the Soviet invasion.
They were among the poorest Muslims in the world,
yet they were sustained by their faith in God,
and God alone.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates,
but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of
a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely,
extremely low.
- Aldrich Ames

Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.
- Vladimir Lenin


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