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.

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.

Ideology... is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence.

A dialogue among civilizations can be seen as a dialogue between the individual and the universal.

Only when you are lost can love find itself in you without losing its way.

Ideology has very little to do with 'consciousness' - it is profoundly unconscious.

What happens: events interiors, snatch them from the cradle, from the source.

I want to watch watching arrive. I want to watch arrivances. I want to find the root of needing to eat. And taste it: work of sweat / sleep.

I have reaffirmed my political will to work towards national unity.

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet.

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.

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.

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.

Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Afghanistan is a land-locked country.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

A nation must be embraced, rehabilitated and expressed as a tangible sign of human creativity and as an integral element of mankind's heritage.