By Syed M.Aslam
June 11 - 17, 2001
*** "WE JUST BLEW it all up. We don't
know if there were women and children or whatever, we just blew them
(Former US Marine Steve Judd describing
indiscriminate killings of Japanese by the Allied troops in the
Pacific during the Second World War)
*** "They see black people as lazy,
basically dishonest, thieving, corrupt. Poverty in this country is
defined by colour."
(South African President Thabo Mbeki talking
about the stereotyping of black by country's white minority)
*** "DOWN WITH POLITICIANS. Their
pockets are filled with relief money. We curse them."
(Angry earthquake survivors protesting the slow
pace of reconstruction five months after the devastation during
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's visit to Bhuj)
*** "I SENT WASTI back to the dressing
room with a broken hand the day after his wedding and he wasn't seen
again on the cricket field. That's the way we Yorkies are."
( Most popular English Cricketer, Darren Gough,
talking about putting Pakistani opener Wajahatullah Wasti on his
'hit-list' for offending him by strutting around as if he was Viv
Richards' when England were in Lahore in 1999 and extracting the
sweet revenge the following year on Pakistani turf)
*** "IT IS COMPLETELY wrong that the
United States must be the mediator in this conflict. Everybody knows
the United States is a friend of Israel."
(Former South African president Nelson Mandela
saying that the US can not play the role of a peacemaker in the
Middle East as it is not neutral and instead should join Egypt,
Saudi Arabia, Britain and France to mediate a settlement)
*** "ACCORDING TO some estimates, up
to $ 100 billion have recently been laundered in just one single
(Head of the UN Office of Drug Control and Crime
Prevention, Pino Arlacchi, urging Russia to step up fight against
crimes related to dirty money adding that up to $ 3 trillion worth
of 'criminal cash' is laundered through the world banking system
*** "THIS IS A NOBLE ACT that really,
really touched us. We are very surprised yesterday to find out the
identity of the donor."
(Father of Israeli heart transplant beneficiary
Yigal Cohen on learning that his son owes his life to the heart of
Palestinian, Mazen Joulani, who was allegedly killed Jewish settlers
in Occupied Jerusalem)
*** "YES, I'VE HEARD of the rumours
too but I can't say for sure if the United States, or the European
Union for that matter, can have officially extended such assurances
to either Pakistan or India."
(Unnamed US diplomat commenting on rumours that
Pakistan's Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime
Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee have been assured backing for joint
Nobel Peace Prize nomination if they manage to find a mutually
acceptable deal over Kashmir)
*** "MY COMPUTERS will be as clever as
(Professor of artificial intelligence at
Scotland's Aberdeen University, Peter Vas, who is also the course
director of the world's first chess doctorate which hopes to develop
supercomputers capable of beating the greatest of grandmasters)
*** "I'M NOT FRIGHTENED of failure.
I'm frightened of standing still."
(Rock star and actor Jon Bon Jovi commenting on
the 'challenge' to address the famed Oxford Union debating society)