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Jonathan Powell Quotes

Terrorism seems to be the ugly twin of democracy. We need to learn to live with it because we are vulnerable to it.
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I'd love to have a proper sailing boat and go around the world.

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A peace agreement isn't like a fairy story. You don't live happily ever after.

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All the things I've done are about duty and guilt: trying to do your best to better other people's lives.

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If you are going to make peace, you can't just meet nice people.

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Politicians do not enter into wars lightly. It is usually the military themselves who are keener to become involved.

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I am firmly of the view we should keep the police out of politics in Britain, or we risk going the way of American politics, where the Whitewater investigation lasted virtually the whole of the two terms of the Clinton administration but turned up nothing.

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I do not think that war is always wrong: sometimes it is necessary to stop a dictator, prevent massive human-rights abuses, or expel an invader. But I have also seen that in the modern world, civil wars are the greatest threat to humanitarian security.

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Northern Ireland still suffers from its past, and it will take generations to escape sectarianism and for violence to end totally. Nonetheless, it is in a different place now than during the Troubles, and it will not go back to the old days.

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There seems to be a sense in the British media that prime ministers enjoy going to war. They do not. The decision to send British soldiers into battle is the worst and most stomach-churning senior politicians have to take. It makes them wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat worrying if they have done the right thing.

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