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Clare Short

Clare Short is a British politician who served as Secretary of State for International Development under Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1997 to 2003.

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The Middle East is more angry than ever. I'm afraid that the sort of deceit on the route to war was linked to the lack of preparation for afterwards and the chaos and suffering that continuous - so it won't go away will it?
I mean enormous pressure was brought to bear - Valerie Amos, Lady Amos, went round Africa with people from our intelligence services trying to press them. I had to make sure that we didn't promise a misuse of aid in a way that would be illegal.
Obviously this is the world descending into worse and worse standards of targeting civilians both in state violence in Iraq, Gaza and so on and the terrorist retaliation.
That feeds anger, and I mean when we went and at last thank heavens got towards peace in Northern Ireland we went for justice within Northern Ireland as well as using security well, as well as a political settlement, but surely that is the lesson.
I think the suffering, violence and cruelty and Guantanamo and the rest is going to go on and on in Iraq. — © Clare Short
I think the suffering, violence and cruelty and Guantanamo and the rest is going to go on and on in Iraq.
I think the good old British democracy should keep scrutinising and pressing to get the truth out.
Most of us women like men, you know; it's just that we find them a constant disappointment.
One must strike the right balance between speed and quality.
But they were going to war anyway and they were going to bully and pressure countries to vote for it.
And we know there has been horrendous loss of life and suffering and we know that there is anger. Anyone who came anywhere near the general election in constituencies with a substantial Muslim population knows that.
But then Iraq happened after September 2001 and America claimed that Al Qaeda was there, and we all know that was a lie and we now know that our own Prime Minister deceived the country terribly.
And if you remember the other part of the context is we were then all deceived about the French position and told the French had said they'd veto any second resolution - which wasn't true, we now know.
I have set out to change the language of the international system.
We need to keep this Labour government, it has a good chance of another term.
People have accused me of being in favor of globalization. This is equivalent to accusing me of being in favor of the sun rising in the morning.
The Liberals have been pressing for the brief on the basis of which he said there was authority for war.
Of course we need action, but it should be Just action.
So my own suspicion is that the attorney has stopped this prosecution because part of her defence was to question legality and that would have brought his advice into the public domain again and there was something fishy about the way in which he said war was legal.
I mean that the time where we need International agreement more than ever on the environment and the rest, poverty we are breaking up our International Institutions and the rule of law and Tony Blair is part of it.
The problem is going to be finding the right words and implementing it in a way that is really dealing with people that are inciting and not preventing honest discussion of the underlying causes of this horrendous political situation the world is in now.
Israel is much worse than the original apartheid state.
[Israel] undermines the international community's reaction to global warming.
We all understand that America feels so angry, they want to get somebody, but you can't just have lots of planes and guns and ships and make everybody do your bidding.
The Commons is one of the most depressing and intellectually unstimulating places in the country. [On the state of British politics
It needs to become as easy to get hold of a condom in a poor country as Coca-Cola.
The latter-day robber barons are discovering that better conditions and rewards for workers pay off in a world where consumers increasingly demand ethical standards.
For the first time ever we are capable of removing abject poverty, illiteracy and the diseases of poverty from the human condition. The current intensification of global economic integration has demonstrated that there is enough knowledge, technology and capital to bring development to all the people of the world.
Political correctness is a concept invented by hard-rightwing forces to defend their right to be racist, to treat women in a degrading way and to be truly vile about gay people. They invent this idea of people who are politically correct, with a rigid, monstrous attitude to life so they can attack. But we have all had to learn to modify our language. That's all part of being a decent human being.
To tackle the underlying roots of violence and conflict, we need a massive international effort to reduce poverty and injustice, and to promote development, democracy and human rights.
I also believe that US backing for Israeli policies of expansion of the Israeli state and oppression of the Palestinian people is the major cause of bitter division and violence in the world.
The Liberals have been pressing for the brief on the basis of which he said there was authority for war... — © Clare Short
The Liberals have been pressing for the brief on the basis of which he said there was authority for war...
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