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“For every 10 men who are willing to face the guns of an enemy, there is only one willing to brave the disapproval of his fellows, the censure of his colleagues, the wrath of his society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for whose who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”

— Robert F. Kennedy, addressing students at the University of Capetown, June 6, 1966.

“He wasn’t one that went along with his peers.”

Robert Ewing, high school football coach and history teacher, speaking of former student Joe Darby, the MP who blew the whistle on prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

“If they’re in cell block 1A or 1B, these prisoners, they’re murderers, they’re terrorists, they’re insurgents, and many of them probably have American blood probably on their hands and here we’re so concerned about the treatment of those individuals.”

— U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

“Certain CF military intelligence officers told the ICRC that in their estimate between 70 percent and 90 percent of the persons deprived of their liberty in Iraq had been arrested by mistake.”

— February report on prisoner abuses by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“I’m much more concerned about the fact that newsmen are trying to act like entertainers than I am by the fact that entertainers are pretending to be news people.”

Ted Koppel, during Q&A on a University of California, Berkeley Web site prior to his delivering a commencement address.

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