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Conor Cruise O'Brien

Donal Conor David Dermot Donat Cruise O'Brien, often nicknamed "The Cruiser", was an Irish diplomat, politician, writer, historian and academic who served as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs from 1973 to 1977, a Senator for Dublin University from 1977 to 1979, a Teachta DΓ‘la (TD) for the Dublin North-East constituency from 1969 to 1977 and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from January 1973 to March 1973.

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Human nature doesn't include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything.
Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation.
Nothing does more to activate Christian divisions than talk about Christian unity. β€” Β© Conor Cruise O'Brien
Nothing does more to activate Christian divisions than talk about Christian unity.
You can safely appeal to the United Nations in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
The main thing that endears the United Nations to member governments, and so enables it to survive, is its proven capacity to fail, and to be seen to fail.
The United Nations cannot do anything, and never could; it is not an animate entity or agent. It is a place, a stage, a forum and a shrine... a place to which powerful people can repair when they are fearful about the course on which their own rhetoric seems to be propelling them.
In the last century the Arab thinker Jamal al-Afghani wrote: 'Every Muslim is sick and his only remedy is in the Koran.' Unfortunately the sickness gets worse the more the remedy is taken.
British diplomats, constantly exposed to American political-ethical rhetoric, find their professional skills tested to the limits by the need to keep a straight face. For illustrations of what I mean, study the photographs of the expressions worn by Mr Douglas Hurd at any international conference involving all the Western allies.
You can safely appeal to the UN in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
The sea which we think of separating the two island actually joins them.
The main thing that endears the United Nations to member governments, and so enables it to survive, is its proven capacity to fail... You can safely appeal to the UN in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
You are not an agnostic.....You are just a fat slob who is too lazy to go to Mass.
A good man giving bad advice is more dangerous than a nasty man giving bad advice.
Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.
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