By Syed M.Aslam
Aug 28 - Sep 03, 2000
*** "BURGLAR PROOFING no longer helps. I had two
watchdogs, but one was stolen and the other poisoned. Now I'm banking on the snakes."
(South African Danie Koster who believes that snakes and pythons make
great security guards and uses them as such)
*** "PLEASE STAY ALIVE until I see you again."
(Teary South Koreans' saying good bye to their visiting North Korean
relatives with whom they were reunited after 50 years)
*** "THE UNITED STATES wants what happened in the
Soviet Union to happen here in Iran . . . Iran will never become the Soviet Union."
(Ayatollah Ahmad Janati accusing the US for trying to topple the
Islamic regime in Iran)
*** "PETTY THIEVES ARE HANGED, but the big ones
escape. Egyptians are concerned about the growing number of billionaires on the run. We
regularly learn of a new businessman who is heavily indebted and has left the
(Egyptian press slamming billionaires fleeing the country leaving
behind huge debts)
*** "WE DO NOT exclude the possibility of a collision
with a foreign submarine which was on an intelligence mission . . . We will very likely
see our worst fears confirmed."
(Vice-admiral Mikhail Motsak blaming the sinking of Russian
nuclear-powered submarine 'Kursk' and killing of all of its 118 crew on the collision with
a British intelligence submarine)
*** "PEOPLE IN BRITAIN will not put up with anyone who
thinks she can be an unaccountable cross between first lady and Lady
(Opposition Conservative John Bercow accusing the wife of Prime
Minister Tony Blair for interfering, and even trying to shape, the key government
*** "THE SANCTIONS imposed on Iraq have produced a
humanitarian disaster comparable to the worst catastrophes of the past decades."
(A UN report which accused the US for causing human suffering to the
civilian population of Iraq resulting in 1.5 million deaths, the majority of them
*** "A HOUSE FOR EVERY FAMILY, that was a great
success of Hitler's. Hitler had ministers with a sense for managing property . . . Many
things were done really good for the Germans."
(Former Polish army chief and would-be president, General Tadeusz
Wilecki, addressing an electoral rally)
*** "I AM NOT SURE the government wants to see me in
court because I will prove that Robin Cook has lied . . . It's an absolute nonsense that
in this day and age in Britain we have a law which makes it a crime to report a
(Former British intelligence agent David Shyler who had accused the
British Foreign Minister Robin Cook for involvement in a covert plot to kill Libyan leader
Moammar Qaddafi prior to his return from France. He was arrested at the airport)
*** "THE ECONOMY cannot continue as it is now, because
growth for its own sake does not guarantee the development of human beings. To develop
humans an economic and social revolution is necessary."
(Venezuela's populist president Hugo Chavez calling for abolition of
large estates as he was sworn in for a six-year term)
*** "I AM SAYING I do not know whether these patients
are alive. I am saying I do not know whether these patients can feel pain in some
(Philip Keep, an anaesthetist at Norfolk and Norwick Hospital, who has
started a controversy by saying that brain-dead donors feel pain and should be given
sedatives during organ retrieving operations)
*** " $ 11.8 Billion."
(Value of arms sold by the US in 1999. The US remains the world's top
arms seller followed by Russia whose arms exports totalled $ 4.8 billion)
*** "I PROMISED before that the trial will be held in
late August. God willing, that promise will be met next week."
(South Jakarta Court chief Lalu Mariyun announcing the beginning of
corruption case against former strongman Suharto)
*** "THE HOUSE would be so much emptier without the
laughter of children. How miserable we would be if we have no children to look after us
when we grow old and weak."
(Singapore premier Goh Chok Tong announcing monetary incentives to
encourage couples to have children. The incentives are part of $ 1.86 billion plan aimed
at stemming declining birth rates)