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A lot of people in America do not have confidence in the American government. Talk to any black in Los Angeles.
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All war aims for impunity.
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Any foreigner like me who comes to America feels that this is the most intensely patriotic country in the world.
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How do you keep war accountable to the American people when war becomes invisible and virtual?
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I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.
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I think no one could have made peace in Bosnia besides Holbrooke.
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I was with the U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on the day that Srebrenica fell, which happened to be a huge historical turning point in the Bosnian war.
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If you get the access to see history happen, do you understand the history when it does happen? And the answer to that question is no, you don't.
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If you say that we're going to intervene to stop ethnic cleansing but we're only going to do it at 15,000 feet, you can't actually do it.
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Is our democracy smart enough and precise enough and alert enough to control war?
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It's good for people to believe in causes larger than themselves.
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My chief concern about the way we're going is that new technology, precision weapons technology, appears to be giving us a new moral alibi.
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Nationalism could almost be defined as intense national feeling for a country that does not yet exist, or for someone else's country.
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Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted.
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The American public is not aware that a lot of high-precision ordinance is being dropped on Iraq as we speak. You can have virtual wars but also invisible wars, wars that no one knows anything about.
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The reason that the Croats want a state of their own is that they fear being cut into little pieces by the Serbs.
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The wars of the future will be fought by computer technicians and by lawyers and high-altitude specialists, and that may mean war will be increasingly abstract, hard to think about and hard to control.
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There are lots of nations in the world or national peoples who don't yet have states. They're inside someone else's state and they want a state of their own.
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There's a civic nationalism in Britain and dozens of other countries.
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There's a financial cost, but the only costs that are ever real are the costs of our soldiers.
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There's a way in which these guys all think absolutely media, day and night. Access is what it's all about, so they spin 24 hours a day and that's a problem.
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There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism.
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There's no place you can be secure unless you have a state which is entirely your own that you don't share with anyone else.
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Very soon you're going to be able to wage cyberwar that the public will simply have no awareness of whatsoever. Hit bank accounts, siphon funds out, shut down enemy computers, shut down their guidance systems.
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We can't achieve the humanitarian goals we set out to because achieving humanitarian goals means getting up close and personal.
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We wanted this war and now we've got it, and I'm not sure that we know what to do with it.
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We're going out to rescue people who are being slaughtered or massacred, but we're going to do it at zero personal cost to ourselves.
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What we want is to become masters in our own house.
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Your generation and mine have had very little real experience; we've been severed from the direct experience of war by some very good things. By the end of the draft, and by the defeat in Vietnam.
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