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Lakhdar Brahimi Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afghanistan is a land-locked country.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.
- Groucho Marx

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

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion.
The several sects perform the office of a Censor -
over each other.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

I took several years of dance lessons that included ballet,
tap and jazz.
They helped a great deal with body control,
balance, a sense of rhythm, and timing.
- Lynn Swann

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

We had several hits in the States but probably only one big one in Europe.
The crowds are smaller.
- Huey Lewis

I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music.
I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun,
and sometimes it helps me with the meter.
- Jack Prelutsky

There are quantities of human faces,
but there are many more faces,
for each person has several.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I was a rust repairer.
I was a rust repairer and full-time survivor.
I survived all the major earthquakes,
and the Titanic, and several air crash.
- Keith Moon

It doesn't really mean a great deal of difference to a life.
You live as you wish to do and if a job is oppressing,
you leave it.
I've done it on several occasions.
- George Woodcock

I've also directed, shot, and edited several music videos.
- Richard King

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

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

Sometimes we would be staked out in the middle of the river,
several barges tied together.
So we could party.
- Terry Southern

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power,
and it is from them that the constitutional charter,
under which the several branches of government hold their power,
is derived.
- James Madison

There is nothing to indicate any biological need for
an exclusive primary bond;
nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people.
- H. R. Schaffer

Each of us, having received several hundred dollars,
we passed the time gloriously, spending our money freely -
never thinking that our lives were risked gaining it.
- Kit Carson

Oh, you ask me, what is the greatest torture of a person
who does portraits for a living? I could fill several
volumes with nice nasty stories.
I don't know.
- Imogen Cunningham

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
- Daniel Boone

Wealthy men, too, like several of those in our neighborhood,
had so many slaves that they were compelled to buy
other plantations on which to employ them.
- John Sergeant Wise

I made up my mind several years ago that I had worked
very hard to get to where I am in life and that I was
only going to do things that are fun and exciting.
- Andy Williams

Ataturk sent several Turkish staff officers to Afghanistan,
helped them build their own army.
- Bulent Ecevit

A circle is the reflection of eternity.
It has no beginning and it has no end -
and if you put several circles over each other,
then you get a spiral.
- Maynard James Keenan

The combined results of several people working together
is often much more effective than could be that of
an individual scientist working alone.
- John Bardeen

Brass bands are all very well in their place -
outdoors and several miles away.
- Thomas Beecham

So I plan to prepare thoroughly and have several outfits
waiting in the wings in case of inclement weather.
- Lisa Guerrero

Really, can anyone drink several martinis at lunch?
- Christine Baranski

I've spent several years in Hollywood,
and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience.
- Wilson Mizner

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

I only know that I fired twice, or perhaps several times,
without knowing whether I had hit or missed.
- Gavrilo Princip

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


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