Spending one hour with Isaias is far more worthwhile, rewarding and enlightening than reading ten books

— Meles Zenawi

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It does surprise me that intelligent people in the 21st century could claim that if you respond to the terrorists with force, you spawn terrorism, but if you appease them, you somehow tame them. This argument, as I said, is very interesting, and very surprising.


As we respond to the assault of our enemy and defend our country, we must never break international laws. Crime can not be solved by more crime.


I know more now than I did in the past about the process of democratization.

I know more about the pitfalls.


The most stupid mistake a counter-insurgency operation can make is alienating the population. If you alienate the population, you're finished.


It's true we have our disagreements on border issues, we have disagreements on trade and related issues, but you don't go invading a country whenever you have a dispute on trade issues, ... We have more civilized mechanisms on resolving such problems.


If it is presumed that the Kenyans will democratise in order to eat the peanuts of development assistance from the European Union... it would be a big mistake.


The EU report speaks for itself. The statement in my view shows that the mission has turned out to be something worse than a farce, ... We shall in the coming days and weeks see what we can do to expose the pack of lies and innuendoes that characterise the garbage in this report.


Of course everybodys thinking evolves over time.


As a person, I have never been discourteous or nasty to anybody.

I may have stood my ground a bit too directly, a bit too firmly, and I believe I have, over a number of years, learned to be a little less direct.


Africa's downfall has always been the cult of the personality.

And their names always seem to begin with M. We've had Mobutu and Mengistu and I'm not going to add Meles to the list.

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