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    I think it's deeply important for us to know, especially when we come from the outside, how "ordinary people" think and feel and what their expectations are and what their concerns are. Also what's in their imaginations, what's in their minds, even what their rumors are and what their gossip is.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    For me going to war offers me the ability to write about apparently very alien, sometimes hated or despised people, who've been objectified in a way that restores their humanity. Hopefully for my readers, that denies them the ability to objectify them. I think that's the point. If you can do that, that's a good thing.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: humanity  people  war  write 
     
    That's what's terrible about wars when whole societies adopt an impulse of objectification. Everything becomes black and white.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: society  war  black  adopt 
     
    If you can find a way to confound people's prejudices, restore the humanity of people, individuals, you restore them to life.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    We live in an extraordinary time, in which one still has the ability to mold opinion. Also, it's up for grabs. Perceptions are up for grabs in a way that it hasn't been before, which makes it really interesting. Societies that have always defined other aspects of human experience, or histories, try to hold on to it and try to find ways to continue to be the ones who do the interpreting.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    If you're young and inexperienced you might accept what people tell you, that everything's going to be fine, it's okay. It's usually other young people saying that, who don't know any better. It's good to have a survival instinct because increasingly, especially in the whole Arab Spring sort of violence, you're mostly with young people who have not experienced what they're doing before.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    You need to be hyper-aware because it's your survival at stake.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: survival 
     
    The more I've traveled to war zones, the more I'm convinced that the impact and the effects are way beyond anything we can even begin to imagine.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: war  imagine 
     
    War is just what we do. Yet, of course, the effects of it are repeatedly deeper, then deeper, then deeper.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: war 
     
    How is it possible to live in world where people can rule millions of others? It's incredible! It's like we've gone back to the 12th century. That's what happens when you decapitate intelligentsia and repeatedly traumatize and brutalize a country for decades on end: you do not get virtue. Victims do not make nice people.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: people  live  world  virtue  gone  rules  victim 
     
    It is important to know how influential people think and perceive their countrymen, let's say, especially when you are talking about people in power. I think it can be very revealing how they regard themselves and their relationship or their responsibility to their countrymen. That is vital for us all to know and in order to be able to judge them and evaluate them.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    The mercy caravans are through there the medicine refugees flowing out. It makes the United States look very bad here. And much more like an occupation force than it did before.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    I think in a sense this is a house that was built on a bad foundation. And the foundation was the Americans coming here and allowing the sacking, burning and plunder of Baghdad, for whatever reason.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: bad  american 
     
    Charles Darwin, who had witnessed theatrocities perpetrated against Argentina's nativeIndians by Juan Manuel de Rosas, had predictedthat "the country will be in the hands of whiteGaucho savages instead of copper-coloured Indians.The former being a little superior in education,as they are inferior in every moral virtue.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: virtue  morals  savage 
     
    I think that feeling of reward comes from being able to find sometimes an unexpected reflection or insight that seems to transcend the description itself, where you actually realize you're concluding something that is a point of view, that may come across and actually touch people's conscience or minds in a way that could change, at least if not things, change points of view.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    Life has become terribly insecure. It's on the vortex of civil war. It's difficult to know how America will bring it back from the brink and build up good will.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: america  war 
     
    I don't think we would have had to be an occupying power if we had done the right thing in 1991.
    — Jon Lee Anderson
    tags: power  right 
     
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