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There is an expression now that is commonly used about these so-called internal conflicts which are not really internal, because they have connections to the outside world.

People now realize that globalization is not only for the multi-nationals and the circulation of money.

Several million people inside and outside Afghanistan are destitute and desperately in need of help.

When you go from one place to another, you go with experience, you don't go with prescriptions.

But you are absolutely right that when the international community decides to help in a meaningful manner a country like Afghanistan, then coordination between the various actors that are involved in these processes is very, very difficult indeed.

But you've got to understand what the other guy is about, even if at the end of the process you decide that there is no ground with this man or woman except to fight them.

The mandate you go with is intimidating and also is a source of respect that you gain, because you have come with this mandate from the United Nations.

Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand.

In the globalized world that is ours, maybe we are moving towards a global village, but that global village brings in a lot of different people, a lot of different ideas, lots of different backgrounds, lots of different aspirations.

In Rwanda that genocide happened because the international community and the Security Council refused to give, again, another 5000 troops which would have cost, I don't know, maybe fifty, a hundred, million dollars.

I think a failed state is the responsibility of the people who have made that state fail, and those are generally the people of that country.

A fly cannot go in unless it stops somewhere; therefore weapons, fuel, food, money will not go to Afghanistan unless the neighbors of Afghanistan are working, are cooperating, either being themselves the origin or the transit.

There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog, with people who have suffered, people who have been pushed around by foreigners in particular, but also by their own people.

Afghanistan is a land-locked country.

At times one feels that what is being said in the West is that the fact that you are a Muslim predisposes you to this blind, stupid terrorism.

Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority.

Probably I understand very much the people who rise against injustice.

There again, that is a fundamental principle: no two situations are alike.

To leave Afghanistan as a playground for terrorists and adventurers was simply not possible anymore.

But I knew that what had happened was an eye-opener not only to the United States but also to Pakistan, who realized that after what has happened on the 11th of September, it was simply impossible to continue to play those games in Afghanistan.