Amin is the shame of the whole world. The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination.
Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
In modern Russia, you have no official, formal assessment of this past. Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy of the Soviet government was criminal, that it was terrible. No one has ever said this.
In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism, and the killing took place because of these emotions. But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder, like the Holocaust.
Amin hid nothing. Everybody knew everything. Yet the American Senate only introduced a resolution breaking off trade with Amin three months before his overthrow.
We have such a mixture now, such a fusion of different genres.
I remember that during the period leading up to independence in Angola in 1975, I was the only correspondent there at all for three months.
Amin knew that neither West nor East would criticize him for fear that he would support the other side. He felt he was untouchable and he said so openly.
Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.
I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing.
In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings.
Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
Readership was high, and very attentive. It was people's only source of knowledge about the world.
The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how much of it is experienced by the party he injured.
This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession.
When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.
My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.
The official independence celebration was going to be held over four or five days, and a group of journalists from all over the world was allowed to fly in, because Angola was closed otherwise.
He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him. Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death, because he feared they would rebel.