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