Michael Ignatieff Quotes


15 Michael Ignatieff quotes:



"If you get the access to see history happen, do you understand the history when it does happen? And the answer to that question is no, you don't."
"It's good for people to believe in causes larger than themselves."
"Nationalism could almost be defined as intense national feeling for a country that does not yet exist, or for someone else's country."
"Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted."
"There's a way in which these guys all think absolutely media, day and night. Access is what it's all about, so they spin 24 hours a day and that's a problem."
"My chief concern about the way we're going is that new technology, precision weapons technology, appears to be giving us a new moral alibi."
"What we want is to become masters in our own house."
"If you say that we're going to intervene to stop ethnic cleansing but we're only going to do it at 15,000 feet, you can't actually do it."
"There are lots of nations in the world or national peoples who don't yet have states. They're inside someone else's state and they want a state of their own."
"We're going out to rescue people who are being slaughtered or massacred, but we're going to do it at zero personal cost to ourselves."
"I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism."
"I think no one could have made peace in Bosnia besides Holbrooke."
"There's a civic nationalism in Britain and dozens of other countries."
"There's a financial cost, but the only costs that are ever real are the costs of our soldiers."
"There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism."



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