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.
Foreign policy is an explicitly amoral enterprise.
It is easy to get used to the morning news, habituated. But don't. The morning news is yours to alter.
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.
Being an occupier is not good for anybody's global standing. It is a catalyst for terrorist recruitment.
American decision-makers must understand how damaging a foreign policy that privileges order and profit over justice really is in the long term.
My basic feeling about military intervention is that it should be a last resort, undertaken only to stave off large-scale bloodshed.
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.
Countries that intervene militarily rarely do so out of pure altruism.
Re-examining our reasoning is not something that has come naturally to American statesmen.
President Reagan, of course, did more than any other person to entrench the Republican reputation for toughness on national security.
Over the years, Western governments have been criticized for working with foreign police who have proved abusive or corrupt.
Engaging Iran won't guarantee improved U.S.-Iranian relations or a more stable Gulf region. But not engaging means more of the same.
I think Obama is right when he talks about the rule of law as a cornerstone of what the United States should stand for.
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.
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
We need to deter the Palestinians in any way we can.
Brokenness is the operative issue of our time - broken souls, broken hearts, broken places.
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