Quotations of the day

August 29, 2012 - 4:35 AM

"The problem with this attitude is that Afghanistan — or whatever the crisis may be — has a life of its own. Men and women keep dying, and U.S. policies keep accelerating the centrifugal forces that are driving the country toward civil conflict, which may have profound implications for future regional and international security." — Sarah Chaynes, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in commentary published Sunday as analysts say that the a public worn down by a war that began just a month after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, no longer cares about Afghanistan, and that the war has slipped off the radar screens and is now considered by many to be over.

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"You can't predict God's work. This is nerve-wracking. I hate leaving my house, worrying if it's going to flood or get looted. But I'm not going to stay in the city again." — New Orleans resident Linda Grandison in comments as Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to make landfall in New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Katrina, raising familiar fears and old anxieties in a city still recovering from a near-mortal blow seven years ago.

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"Rachel Corrie was killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza, and today, this court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegal practices that failed to protect civilian life." — Lawyer Hussein Abu Hussein, in a statement after an Israeli court rejected a lawsuit brought against the military by the parents of a U.S. activist crushed to death in 2003 by an army bulldozer as she tried to block its path in the Gaza Strip, ruling the army was not at fault for her death.