Robert Muller


Belgium-born French International Civil Servant with the United Nations, Assistant Secretary-General for 40 years, known as "the philosopher of the United Nations"

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But since September 11, we have made every effort to try to work closely with state and local law enforcement.

If you look at the 19 hijackers who came to the United States in Sept. 11 to commit those acts, if you'd looked at them before they got onto a plane, you could probably say the same thing. There were various levels of expertise, various levels of competence.

The collapse of Enron was devastating to tens of thousands of people and shook the public's confidence in corporate America.

But we had - I think if you look at law enforcement 10 years ago, if you look at the challenges, the FBI was focused excessively on what was happening in the United States.

In order to be successful against each of these threats, we have to have a presence overseas, work closely not only with our counterparts in the law enforcement community, but also with the intelligence community.

The FBI's principal priority right now is protecting the United States against another terrorist attack.

Dear friends, human language is often insufficient to express deep emotions and finds itself reinforced in such circumstances by tears and internal images. When I received your telegram, tears came to my eyes as well as an image from my childhood: that of a young boy who from his window high up in the house of his parents in Sarreguemines, Alsace-Lorraine, was contemplating a border. It was a line not to be trespassed. Beyond it lived hereditary enemies, people we were to despise and even hate. And yet they spoke the same language and had the same names as we. And when I lifted my eyes to the sky, I saw stars, a sun, a moon, clouds and birds who ignored totally that border. And I dreamt that someday I would be allowed to work for its suppression.

In planning an attack, persons have various roles.

The single most important contribution any of us can make to the planet is a return to frugality.

Decide to be happy. Render others happy. Proclaim your joy. Love passionately your miraculous life. Do not listen to promises. Do not wait for a better world. Be grateful for every moment of life. Switch on and keep on the positive. buttons in yourself, those marked optimism, serenity, confidence, positive thinking, love, Pray and thank God every day. Meditate. Smile. Laugh. Whistle. Sing. Dance. Look with fascination at everything. Fill your lungs and heart with liberty. Be yourself fully and immensely. Act like a king unto Death. Feel God in your body, mind, heart, and soul. And be convinced of eternal life and resurrection.

In the context of September 11, there were so many that lost their lives that - how do you single out one person? There were so many acts of heroism that day from so many people, whether it be firemen and police officers in New York and our agents also.

The world?s major religions in the end all want the same thing, even though they were born in different places and circumstances on this planet. What the world needs today is a convergence of the different religions in the search for and definition of the cosmic or divine laws which ought to regulate our behavior on this planet.

Decide to be peaceful.

In the United States, it's the mandate of the FBI to gather information relating to terrorism, go out and collect it, to do the interviews, to do the investigative work.

There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be. Even that is merging into one category: those that have been hacked and will be again. Maintaining a code of silence will not serve us in the long run.

Decide to dream.

It's because we need to determine who in this country is poised, positioned to commit terrorist acts.

There'll be differences of opinion in just about every intelligence analysis that you make.

Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.

Leaking of classified material is a concern.

They're - FBI agents are some of the finest people you'll find anyplace in the country or the world. And I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.

Humanity must never cease to dream. Dreams are stronger than the sword. You, in your high functions, your colleagues, the 40,000 world servants of this planet, the 5 billion mothers, children, grown-ups and elderly must dream very strongly and highly, taking the point of view of the heavens, of the stars, of the sun, of the moon, of the clouds and of the birds. And our dreams of a peaceful, weaponless, beautiful and good world for all those admitted to live on it will come true.

Only the brave know how to forgive. A coward never forgives. It is not in his nature.

Today I dream: 1. that all schools of this Earth will teach about the United Nations, which is the young people's greatest hope and will be their instrument of global action when they are grown up; 2. that all governments which have not yet done so, will ratify the University for Peace, this magnificent dream being implemented in demilitarized Costa Rica; 3. that all schools and universities of this Earth will teach peace and non-violence and will become schools and universities of peace; 4. that Unesco recommend to the United Nations to proclaim an International Year for Global and Peace Education; 5. that children in all schools of the world will celebrate the international days proclaimed by the United Nations, for instance the International Day of Peace held on the third Tuesday of September, when the yearly General Assembly opens, World Environment Day (5 June), United Nations Day (24 October), Human Rights Day (10 December), and several others reflecting the great aims of the United Nations. As a result, youth will participate from childhood in the making of a peaceful and better world; 6. that many philanthropists will follow the example of Mr. Sasakawa and will help global and peace education at the world level and continental, national and local levels; 7. that the media who have a major role as educators will follow the example of Ted Turner and will inform, teach, illustrate and make audiences participate in the building of a better world. In particular, it is imperative that they inform the public of the world information, achievements and constructive work of the United Nations; 8. that the film industry will produce noble inspiring films devoted to the great visionaries, prophets and artisans of peace, past and present. I dream of great films similar to that on Gandhi, devoted to the lives of Dag Hammarskj”ld and U Thant; and Robert Schuman. 9. I dream of a substantial progress of peace toys and applaud the recent agreement between the Government of Sweden and toy manufacturers of that country no longer to produce and to sell toys of war and violence; 10. I dream of growing numbers of international schools and international universities in the specialized fields of the United Nations agencies and world programs, following the example of the World Maritime University in Malm”, Sweden, of the United Nations University in Tokyo, and of the University for Peace in Costa Rica; 11. I pray that the United Nations University will create branches in New York, Geneva and Vienna to allow students to better know the work of the United nations and of its Specialized Agencies at the three main seats of the United nations; 12. I dream that all universities in the world will require that students should take a course on international organizations laboring in their fields; 13. I dream that Unesco will study and recommend by the year 2000 a world core curriculum for adoption by all nations; 14. I hope that all books, manuals and history teachings will include a chapter on the United Nations, which is rarely the case today; 15. I hope that all social and political sciences will follow the example of the exact sciences and become global. We need most urgently a global anthropology, a global sociology, a global psychology and a global political and administrative science (planetics and gaiamanagement); 16. I dream that all religious education will teach peace and non-violence, proclaiming as the first cosmic and divine law on Earth: Thou shalt not kill, not even in the name of a nation or a religion; 17. I dream that each country shall create a Ministry of Peace and an academy or institute for peace, with local branches, in order to guide and co-ordinate the efforts of citizens, schools, and local institutions and associations working for peace, non-violence, and a better world. The University for Peace could from time to time organize international conferences of such new peace departments.

I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.

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Belgium-born French International Civil Servant with the United Nations, Assistant Secretary-General for 40 years, known as "the philosopher of the United Nations"