Quotes by Algerian authors


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"I have reaffirmed my political will to work towards national unity"
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"If the lives of men can be measured in terms of years, ideologies in decades, and nations in centuries, then the unit measuring civilizations, born of the interaction among peoples, would be the millennium"
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"A nation must be embraced, rehabilitated and expressed as a tangible sign of human creativity and as an integral element of mankind's heritage"
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"A dialogue among civilizations can be seen as a dialogue between the individual and the universal"
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"Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet"
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"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"
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"Several million people inside and outside Afghanistan are destitute and desperately in need of help"
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"Probably I understand very much the people who rise against injustice"
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"Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Afghanistan is a land-locked country"
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"To leave Afghanistan as a playground for terrorists and adventurers was simply not possible anymore"
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"There again, that is a fundamental principle: no two situations are alike"
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