You can't negotiate in public. People won't make concessions in public. They will do that in private. Like sausage making, you have to do it behind closed doors.
Terrorism seems to be the ugly twin of democracy. We need to learn to live with it because we are vulnerable to it.
A peace agreement isn't like a fairy story. You don't live happily ever after.
All the things I've done are about duty and guilt: trying to do your best to better other people's lives.
I'd love to have a proper sailing boat and go around the world.
I'm a solid Labour party supporter. I aspired to be a Labour MP, but it's difficult to make the leap from the Foreign Office.
I'm of the establishment but anti-establishment.
If there is a political cause, then there has to be a political solution.
If you are going to make peace, you can't just meet nice people.
It was the rootlessness that went with being the son of an RAF officer that shaped me. I had been to 11 schools by the time I was 9.
Politicians do not enter into wars lightly. It is usually the military themselves who are keener to become involved.
There is no conflict in the world that cannot be solved.
You should never appease terrorists. The mistake made by critics of the 'talking to your enemy' approach is to equate talking with appeasing.
9/11 changed America fundamentally, far more so than outsiders realised at the time. For Americans, it genuinely was a new Pearl Harbour: an attack on the homeland that made them feel vulnerable for the first time in 60 years.
Every time we meet a new terrorist group, we argue they are utterly different and we can learn nothing from the last time. Of course they are different, but some lessons on how we deal with them seem to apply in all cases.
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