Edited by Syed M.
Oct 23 - 29, 2000
*** "WE CAN'T WAGE WAR, use oil as a
weapon, expel ambassadors, sever ties or end normalisation but every
other option is open to us.'
(Cartoon in daily Gulf News UAE mocking the absence
of a befitting response by the Arab world in particular and Muslim
countries in general against the killings of unarmed Palestinians by
Israeli army in the held territories)
*** "I TOLD HIM that is the Supreme
Court's business and none of mine. So there is no KKN here."
(Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid rejecting
plea of former strongman Suharto's son, Hotomo 'Tommy' Mandala Putra,
for review of his 18-month sentence for corruption. KKN is Indonesian
acronym for corruption, collusion and nepotism)
*** "The casualty toll is rising by the
hour and even underage children are being brutally murdered. But all
we have been hearing for the past fortnight are 'strongly worded'
statements by the leaders of the Muslim World."
(Iranian newspaper 'Kayhan International' blasting
Muslim nations for not standing up Israeli atrocities and calling for
the immediate shipment of arms to the Palestinians)
*** "IT'S THE MUTUAL RESPECT between
people and the mutual love between people that will save
(Black nationalist Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan
addressing the Million Man March in Washington DC)
*** "I THINK THAT THEY just don't think
that the law applies to them. I think they believe there are two laws:
one that applies to them and one that applies to the rest of us."
(New York Senate candidate Rick Lazio saying that
his adversary First Lady Hillary and her husband President Bill
Clinton used federal entitlements for personal gains including
improper use of a list of visitors to the White House to solicit funds
for her campaign. The First Lady acknowledged the improper use)
*** "WE ARE ACTING OUT OF SELF-DEFENSE."
(Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak shamelessly defending use
of tanks, gunship helicopters and live bullets against the unarmed
*** "IF WE GIVE ONE CLINIC a licence to carry out
a brand new treatment it would be difficult for us to refuse a licence to
another clinic to carry it out again. The public do not like, and we do not like
the idea of designer babies."
(Chairperson of Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority
UK, Ruth Deech, explaining the reason for banning gender selection by couples)
*** "`HE ABETTED GAMBLING, tolerated excessive
imports and smuggling to favour friends and relatives, to the prejudice of
farmers, fishermen, and businessmen."
(Filipino opposition describing the reasons for filing
impeachment proceedings against President Joseph Estrada)
*** "WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND what the law says and
act accordingly. We are aware of the popular demand that those who have done
corruption should be publicly hanged."
(Prosecutor General of National Accountability Bureau Farook
Adam hinting at changes in the ordinance to make it more effective)
*** "THE PINOCHET CASE has transformed the human
rights landscape and paved the way for other alleged torturers to be held to
(Amnesty International, the London-based human rights
watchdog, launching a worldwide campaign to abolish torture)
*** "WE FEEL THAT WE'RE fulfilling part of his
wishes, albeit 199 years later."
(Director of Chicago-based institute of Beethoven research
centre William Walsh on analysis of a lock of music great's hair suggesting lead
poisoning which made Beethoven ask his brothers to cure abdominal pains)
*** "WE REALLY HAVE NO IDEA. There needs to be
tests done before that can be determined."
(Wildlife biologist Jack Mobley on hundreds of dead sharks
washing up on beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida)
*** "SHE IS RESIGNING ONLY because she reckons she
has nothing to gain from staying in office."
(Daily Le Figaro Paris commenting on the resignation of
employment minister Martine Aubry, the most powerful woman in French politics)