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Quotations From ALEXANDER COCKBURN


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  • The travel writer seeks the world we have lost—the lost valleys of the imagination.
    Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941), Anglo-Irish journalist. repr. in Corruptions of Empire, pt. 1 (1988). "Bwana Vistas," Harper's (New York, Aug. 1985).

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  • A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.
    Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941), Anglo-Irish journalist. (First published 1985). "Heatherdown," pt. 1, Corruptions of Empire (1988).
  • Be careful about Burma. Most people cannot remember whether it was Siam and has become Thailand, or whether it is now part of Malaysia and should be called Sri Lanka.
    Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941), Anglo-Irish journalist. repr. in Corruptions of Empire, pt. 1 (1988). "How to be a Foreign Correspondent," More (New York, May 1976).

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  • Are you more likely to tolerate drivel than you were four years ago? I think the answer is yes. Four years of Reagan has deadened the senses against a barrage of uninterrupted nonsense.
    Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941), Anglo-Irish journalist. repr. in Corruptions of Empire, pt. 2 (1988). "Balancing Acts," Nation (New York, Oct. 27, 1984).
  • A "just war" is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
    Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941), Anglo-Irish journalist. New Statesman and Society (London, Feb. 8, 1991).

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