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Chrétien, Jean  
Some people think that the American culture is a problem. It's not a problem... don't be afraid to be citizens of the world.

Nov. 31, 2000 - from a post-election speech in Ottawa, repudiating the stance he used through most of his political life to curry favour with nationalists, quoted in "The End of Canada?", by Peter Newman, published in Maclean's magazine, Jan. 8, 2001
Dayan, Moshe
Whenever you accept our views, we shall be in full agreement with you.

Aug. 1977 - speaking to U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance during Arab-Israeli peace talks, quoted in Read My Lips by Parris and Mason
Diefenbaker, John George  
When the Prime Minister of Canada went to Washington he was treated with about the same consideration by the president as his two dogs were except that he was not lifted by his ears.

Mar. 21, 1967 - from a statement in the Canadian Parliament
Frye, H. Northrop  
If the world is becoming a global village, it will also take on the features of real village life, including cliques, lifelong feuds, and impassable social barriers.

Jul. 9, 1970 - from "Communications", published in The Listener
Helms, Sen. Jesse
The American people want the UN to serve the purpose for which it was designed: they want it to help sovereign states coordinate collective action by "coalitions of the willing,"(where the political will for such action exists); they want it to provide a forum where diplomats can meet and keep open channels of communication in times of crisis; they want it to provide to the peoples of the world important services, such as peacekeeping, weapons inspections and humanitarian relief. This is important work. It is the core of what the UN can offer to the United States and the world. If, in the coming century, the UN focuses on doing these core tasks well, it can thrive and will earn and deserve the support of the American people. But if the UN seeks to move beyond these core tasks, if it seeks to impose the UN’s power and authority over nation-states, I guarantee that the United Nations will meet stiff resistance from the American people.

Jan. 20, 2000 - from a speech to the United Nations General Assembly
The UN serves nation-states, not the other way around. This principle is central to the legitimacy and ultimate survival of the United Nations, and it is a principle that must be protected.

Jan. 20, 2000 - from a speech to the United Nations General Assembly
Americans look with alarm at UN claims to a monopoly on international moral legitimacy. They see this as a threat to the God-given freedoms of the American people, a claim of political authority over America and its elected leaders without their consent. The effort to establish a United Nations International Criminal Court is a case-in-point. Consider: the Rome Treaty purports to hold American citizens under its jurisdiction - even when the United States has neither signed nor ratified the treaty. In other words, it claims sovereign authority over American citizens without their consent. How can the nations of the world imagine for one instant that Americans will stand by and allow such a power-grab to take place?

Jan. 20, 2000 - from a speech to the United Nations General Assembly
A United Nations that focuses on helping sovereign states work together is worth keeping; a United Nations that insists on trying to impose a utopian vision on America and the world will collapse under its own weight.

Jan. 20, 2000 - from a speech to the United Nations General Assembly
Mount, Ferdinand
What the world needs now is more Americans. The U.S. is the first nation on earth deliberately dedicated to letting people choose what they want and giving them a chance to get it. For all its terrible faults, in one sense America is still the last, best hope of mankind, because it spells out so vividly the kind of happiness that most people actually want, regardless of what they are told they ought to want. We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize and insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes. For it is the only nation founded solely on a moral dream. A part of our own future is tied up in it and the greatest of all gifts the Americans have given us is hope.

Jul. 5, 1976 - from an editorial in the London Daily Mail, quoted by Ronald Reagan in his radio address of Sep. 21, 1976
Palmerston, Lord
We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.

1848 - from a speech in the British House of Commons

Pearson, Lester B.  
Foreign policy is merely domestic policy with its hat on.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way.