Robin Cook quotes

  • If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck!
    -- Robin Cook

    #Ducks #Looks #Quacks

  • Medical school had been a time for imaginary diseases and Martin had contracted almost all of them.
    -- Robin Cook

    #School #Disease #Medical

  • She thought about how marvelous is would be to have a wife keeping the house in order, the meals on the table. At the same time it seemed ridiculously unfair that she could never have a wife. In fact, if she married, she would be expected to be the wife.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Order #Wife #House

  • The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .
    -- Robin Cook

    #Country #War #Believe

  • Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Agency #Occupation #Als

  • Saddam is neither friend nor brother to us, and he will never pay off debts to us. It's the question of precedent: today the United States doesn't like Iraq, tomorrow Syria, then Iran, North Korea and then what: everyone else?
    -- Robin Cook

    #Brother #Iran #Korea

  • There is a connection waiting to be made between the decline in democratic participation and the explosion in new ways of communicating. We need not accept the paradox that gives us more ways than ever to speak, and leaves the public with a wider feeling than ever before that their voices are not being heard. The new technologies can strengthen our democracy, by giving us greater opportunities than ever before for better transparency and a more responsive relationship between government and electors
    -- Robin Cook

    #Technology #Opportunity #Government

  • There were no international terrorists in Iraq until we went in. It was we who gave the perfect conditions in which Al Qaeda could thrive.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Peace #War #Iraq

  • Chicken masala is now Britain's true national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Illustration #Perfect #Way

  • The longer we remain in Iraq the more our occupation becomes part of the problem... rather than the solution.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Iraq #Occupation #Problem

  • I may not have succeeded in halting the war, but I did secure the right of parliament to decide on war.
    -- Robin Cook

    #War #May #Parliament

  • I can't accept collective responsibility for the decision to commit Britain now to military action in Iraq without international agreement or domestic support.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Military #Responsibility #Agreement

  • Tony Blair has to consider very carefully to what extent he can leave Britain, the party and the nation guessing as to when exactly he might go.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Party #Guessing #Might

  • The question Tony Blair should be reflecting on this weekend is having achieved this, having secured his place in the history of the Labour Party and the history of Britain, whether now might be a better time to let a new leader in who could then achieve the unity we need if we are going to go forward.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Party #Weekend #Leader

  • Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences.
    -- Robin Cook

    #Chickens #Dishes #British

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