Peacekeeping Quotes

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Aberjhani
“The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

Terry Pratchett
“I'm not a natural killer! See this? See what it says? I'm supposed to keep the peace, I am! If I kill people to do it, I'm reading the wrong manual!
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

“If blue helmeted UN peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run.”
Andrew Thomson, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone

Terry Pratchett
“I'm not a natural killer! See this? See what it says? I'm supposed to keep the peace, I am! If I kill people to do it, I'm reading the wrong manual!”
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

“In carrying out a peacekeeping mission where the grand strategy is to maintain peace and order by persuading armed parties or other hostile elements to back away from aggressive activities, military strength is not a definite measure of success; neither could material contribution alone guarantees the "winning of the hearts and minds" of the people. What appears to be important is the day-to-day conduct of the peacekeepers on the ground; those who uphold the principles of neutrality and impartiality, as well as those who are able to carry all aspects of its operational duties exceptionally.”
Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Prayer is the safest method of replying to a word of hatred.”
Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Based on the English Standard Version

“If blue-helmeted U.N. peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run. Or else get weapons. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs.”
Kenneth Cain, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone

“Peacekeeping is a soldier-intensive business in which the quality of troops matters as much as the quantity. It is not just soldiering under a different color helmet; it differs in kind from anything else soldiers do. The are medals and rewards (mainly, the satisfaction of saving lives), but there are also casualties. And no victories. It is not a risk -free enterprise. In Bosnia, mines, snipers, mountainous terrain, extreme weather conditions, and possible civil disturbances were major threats that had to be dealt with from the outset of the operation. Dag Hammarskjold once remarked, "Peacekeeping is a job not suited to soldiers, but a job only soldiers can do."

Humanitarianism conflicts with peacekeeping and still more with peace enforcement. The threat of force, if it is to be effective, will sooner or later involve the use of force. For example, the same UN soldiers in Bosnia under a different command and mandate essentially turned belligerence into compliance over night, demonstrating that a credible threat of force can yield results. Unlike, UNPROFOR, the NATO-led Implementation Force was a military success and helped bring stability to the region and to provide an "environment of hope" in which a nation can be reborn. It is now up to a complex array of international civil agencies to assist in putting in place lasting structures for democratic government and the will of the international community to ensure a lasting peace.”
Larry Wentz

R. Quejas-Risdon
“Life had a hair-trigger feel to it. At any moment any dispute could escalate into shooting”
R. Quejas-Risdon

R. Quejas-Risdon
“Someone had to show them there was more to life than constant war, that was my mission.”
R. Quejas-Risdon

R. Quejas-Risdon
“There is no force in the world equal to the U.N. to bring resources and expertise to people in crisis.”
R. Quejas-Risdon

Severine Autesserre
“At first glance, one might assume that a peacekeeping soldier from Pakistan, a diplomat from the United States, and a human rights advocate from Senegal would approach their jobs quite differently. Yet, while in Congo for a previous research project, I observed striking similarities in the ways that international interveners understand the situations they face and in the strategies they adopt, despite their otherwise extremely different national, professional, social, and economic backgrounds.”
Severine Autesserre, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention

Tammy Pemper
“Two unwritten rules of peacekeeping existed.
You’d expect it would be easy to keep two rules, but I broke the first one.

I had to break it to allow myself to live the passion that drove and controlled me, that distinguished one decision from another and determined where I drew my lines. I broke the rule to remain human.”
Tammy Pemper, Scorched Earth: Peacekeeping in Timor during a campaign of death and destruction

Tammy Pemper
“But daylight brought with it a wonder. None of us had expected to see it again. And as the darkness lost its intensity, the new beginning carried with it sounds of subdued Timorese chatter. I hadn’t realised I’d started counting survival in hours.”
Tammy Pemper, Scorched Earth: Peacekeeping in Timor during a campaign of death and destruction