Robert Fisk

Born: July 12, 1946

Occupation: Writer

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Robert Fisk

The [Israelis] believed - they were possessed of an absolute certainty and conviction - that 'terrorists' were in Chatila. How could I explain to them that the terrorists had left, that the terrorists...

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When you have a crime against humanity that is so awesome in scale and death, it is more than permissible to look around and say, who recently has been declaring war on the United States? Of course, the...

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I don't know what happens if they get bin Laden. I'm much more interested in what happens if they don't get bin Laden.

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It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out.

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The Americans may think they have 'liberated' Baghdad but the tens of thousands of thieves - they came in families and cruised the city in trucks and cars searching for booty - seem to have a different...

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In just one year in Bosnia, thirty of my colleagues died. There is a little Somme waiting for all innocent journalists.

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War is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death. It represents the total failure of the human spirit.

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I suppose, in the end, we journalists try - or should try - to be the first impartial witnesses of history. If we have any reason for our existence, the least must be our ability to report history as it...

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And I think, in the end, that is the best definition of journalism I have heard; to challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided...

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And history s fingers never relax their grip, never leave us unmolested, can touch us even when we would never imagine their presence.

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After the allied victory of 1918, at the end of my father's war, the victors divided up the lands of their former enemies. In the space of just seventeen months, they created the borders of Northern Ireland,...

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Colleagues will malign you if you’re a moderately successful journalist,

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Refuse to accept the narrative of history laid down by presidents, prime ministers, generals and journalists.

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Tanks come in two forms: the dangerous, deadly kind and the "liberating" kind.

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U.S. journalists I don't think are very courageous. They tend to go along with the government's policy domestically and internationally. To question is seen as being unpatriotic, or potentially subversive.

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Obama, who is becoming more and more preacher-like, wants to be the Punisher-in-Chi ef of the Western World, the Avenger-in-Chie f. There is something oddly Roman about him. ... The lesser races must be...

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When I arrived in Beirut from Europe, I felt the oppressive, damp heat, saw the unkempt palm trees and smelt the Arabic coffee, the fruit stalls and the over-spiced meat. It was the beginning of the Orient....

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President Bush will come here and there will be new "friends" of America to open a new relationship with the world, new economic fortunes for those who "liberated" them.

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Everyone outside the Roman Empire was called a barbarian. Everyone outside Obama’s empire is called a terrorist.

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The sheer violence of it, the howl of air raid sirens and the air-cutting fall of the missiles carried its own political message; not just to President Saddam but to the rest of the world. We are the superpower,...

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In Palestine, the Israelis claim they found a land without people,' a Syrian officer explained to us. 'Now they will take southern Lebanon and claim they have found another land without people if these...

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