Silence in the face of atrocity is not neutrality; silence in the face of atrocity is acquiescence.
Success is not about who never fails. It is about who can spring - or even stagger - back up.
Without investing in the rule of law for the poor, none of the other investments we make will be sustainable.
Violence against women isn't cultural, it's criminal. Equality cannot come eventually, it's something we must fight for now.
Historical hypocrites have themselves carried out the very human rights abuses that they suddenly decide warrant intervention elsewhere.
I like to think that as I get older I'm getting better at spending time with people who have qualities that make them worth spending time with.
American decision-makers must understand how damaging a foreign policy that privileges order and profit over justice really is in the long term.
Foreign policy is an explicitly amoral enterprise.
My basic feeling about military intervention is that it should be a last resort, undertaken only to stave off large-scale bloodshed.
It is easy to get used to the morning news, habituated. But don't. The morning news is yours to alter.
In the '90s, there was scant presidential leadership and insufficient domestic political mobilization for foreign policy grounded in human rights.
What is most needed in Darfur is an international peacekeeping and protection presence, and this is what the Sudanese government most wants to avoid.
Since 9/11, there has been a huge leap in people wanting to get personally involved in public service and international affairs.
When dictators feel their support slipping among adults, it is not unusual for them to alter school textbooks in the hope of enlisting impressionable youths in their cause.
I'm going to Washington on a fateful, even historic, mission. I feel that I am an emissary of all Israel's citizens, even those who do not agree with me, and of the entire Jewish people
I got into journalism not to be a journalist but to try to change American foreign policy. I'm a corny person. I was a dreamer predating my journalistic life, so I got into journalism as a means to try to change the world.
When it came to the Vietnam War, Mr. McNamara was an early advocate of escalation but came to realize the flaws in the American approach earlier than many of his colleagues. Yet in public, he continued to defend the war.
As even a democracy like the United States has shown, waging war can benefit a leader in several ways: it can rally citizens around the flag, it can distract them from bleak economic times, and it can enrich a country's elites.
No more than a surgeon can operate while tweeting can you reach your potential with one ear in, one ear out. You actually have to reacquaint yourself with concentration. We all do.
The story of U.S. policy during the genocide in Rwanda is not a story of willful complicity with evil. U.S. officials did not sit around and conspire to allow genocide to happen.
We need to deter the Palestinians in any way we can.
There is a convergence of crises that makes it challenging to keep the world's attention.
'Acting as if...' I decided, ridiculously in retrospect, that my experience covering women's volleyball for my college newspaper was sufficient for me to at least try to become a war correspondent.
In the 2000 election, George W. Bush, who had shirked military service, succeeded in presenting himself as more reliable on national security than Al Gore.
We know that often holding those who have carried out mass atrocities accountable is at times our best tool to prevent future atrocities.
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