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Yes, there are circumstances in which it [terrorism] is justifiable. It looked like a regime that would last forever, and it was blown down. It is hard to argue that, on its own, a political struggle would have delivered. The striking at the heart of a regime’s claim on a monopoly of power, which the ANC’s armed wing represented, was very significant. — David Miliband, UK Foreign Secretary, on Great Lives, BBC Radio 4, 11 August 2009

No territorial acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force shall be recognized as legal. — Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States, General Assembly Resolution 2625 (XXV), 24 October 1970

[The United Nations Security Council] calls upon Israel urgently to place its nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. — United Nations Security Council Resolution 487, 19 June 1981

Expresses concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities, and calls upon Israel to accede to the NPT [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and place all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards — International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference Resolution (53/24) 18 September 2009

Total global military expenditure in 2009 is estimated to have been $1.531 Trillion. The US is responsible for 46.5 per cent of the world total, distantly followed by the China (6.6%), France (4.2%), UK (3.8%), and Russia (3.5%). — Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s 2010 Year Book

The United Nations and all its agencies and funds spend about $30 billion each year. This is a very small sum compared to most government budgets and it is less than 3% of the world’s military spending. — UN Financial Crisis, Global Policy Forum, 7 July 2010

The Mission concludes that what occurred in just over three weeks at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 was a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity both to work and to provide for itself, and to force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability. — Justice Richard Goldstone, United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, 29/09/2009

The European Union was deeply concerned about the continued settlement activities and evictions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem and reiterated that they were an obstacle to peace — General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/19, 02/12/2009

We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population…. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity…. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives…. We should cease to talk about vague and … unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better. — George Kennan, Head of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff, 28 February 1948, Declassified 17 June 1974

For globalism to work, America can’t be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is….The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist-McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. — A Manifesto for the Fast World, Thomas Friedman, New York Times, 28 March 1999

The US was aiming to achieve a “new post-Iraq war security structure that can secure the flow of energy exports to the global economy”. The arms sales would “reinforce the level of regional deterrence and help reduce the size of forces the US must deploy in the region”; Anthony Cordesman, from the Centre for Strategic & International Studies in Washington — Gulf states in $123bn US arms spree, Financial Times, 20 September 2010

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