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Paddy Ashdown
February 27, 1941 -
Nationality: British
Category: Politician
Subcategory: British Politician

I am here because I think it was a terrible sin of the west to allow those years of war.


Maybe it's legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful. Maybe I haven't paid sufficient attention to the people with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal, and they feel let down by that.


It works both ways: there are victims of tragedy who come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude that they cannot reconcile. Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.


It's not my job to be popular. I'm goal-driven; my job is to get results.


Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.


Bosnia is under my skin. It's the place you cannot leave behind. I was obsessed by the nightmare of it all; there was this sense of guilt, and an anger that has become something much deeper over these last years.


The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.


The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this. The less generous way is to say: How was it possible to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s?


I love this country, I love these people, though I can't say I love their politicians. People are always nicer than politicians, but here, you can mark that difference up a hundredfold.


We who came here saw what was happening. This was far more than a war in a faraway place. This was a moral imperative, a terrible vision of the future.


People do not want politicians they know to be corrupt.


I can create institutions, but I can't rewrite the chips in people's heads.


We have invented a new human right here - the right to return home after a war.


I've had much nastier things said about me in the British press than in the Bosnian press.


I am formally accountable to the steering board of the PIC, and I meet with nine ambassadors from the PIC every week. I have to have the capitals' broad agreement with what I do.


What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party.


I don't think Bosnia is ready for reconciliation, but I do think it is ready for truth.


Politics is compromise.


We have to make their livelihoods viable, get them the proper prices for their produce, try and make them stay rather than sell their property and leave again.


It would be a foolish high representative who worked that way.


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