„We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.“

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„What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor but the silence of the bystander.“

—  Elie Wiesel, livro Night
In an interview with Carol Rittner and Sandra Meyers in Courage To Care - Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust, NYU Press, 1986, p. 2. Also quoted by Yad Vashem http://www.yadvashem.org/righteous/about-the-program.html and Nicholas Kristoff in The Silence of the Bystanders https://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/opinion/the-silence-of-bystanders.html, New York Times (March 19, 2006).

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„I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot. I encouraged the Thai to help the Khmer Rouge. The question was how to help the Cambodian people. Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him. But China could.“

—  Zbigniew Brzeziński Polish-American political scientist 1928 - 2017
Disputed, Elizabeth Becker, When The War Was Over..., 1979, p. 435 http://books.google.com/books?id=3NHoI2HoFiQC&pg=PA435&lpg=PA435&dq=%22i+encouraged+the+chinese+to+support+pol+pot%22+becker&source=web&ots=XLHBFETcFH&sig=kznWEHGxoTAgUR-BTChSThlGrpk (Brzezinski responded in the letter the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/22/opinion/l-pol-pot-s-evil-had-many-faces-china-acted-alone-605387.html clarifying his postion at the time: "China acted alone [... Becker's article] asserts flatly as if it was a fact that the Carter Administration "helped arrange continued Chinese aid" to Pol Pot.[...] we told the Chinese explicitly that in our view Pol Pot was an abomination and that the United States would have nothing to do with him directly or indirectly.").

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„I feel you move me
in such sweet silence
always dancing, always dancing
never ever getting tired“

—  Mike Scott songwriter, musician 1958
Universal Hall (2003), "Always Dancing, Never Getting Tired"

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„Probably, the most-often-repeated lesson in history is that foreigners who are called in to help one side in a civil war take over for themselves. It is a lesson that seems never to be learned despite endless repetition.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992
General sources, The Dark Ages (1968), p. 188

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„We have so often been disappointed that we must not be too sure of anything, save of God’s help and presence which He will never withhold.“

—  James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
(A.J. Broomhall. Hudson Taylor and China’s Open Century, Book Five: Refiner’s Fire. London: Hodder and Stoughton and Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1985, 78).

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„Another mother's breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken.“

—  Dolores O'Riordan Irish singer 1971 - 2018
"Zombie" (1993); written after the Warrington bomb attack of 20 March 1993 ·  Official video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts

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„I can't help it, the idea of the infinite torments me.“

—  Alfred de Musset French writer 1810 - 1857
Je ne puis;—malgré moi l'infini me tourmente. L'Espoir en Dieu http://books.google.com/books?id=AyxCAAAAcAAJ&q=%22Malgr%C3%A9+moi+l'infini+me+tourmente%22&pg=PA522#v=onepage, Revue des deux Mondes (1838).

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