By Syed M.Aslam
Sep 10 - 16, 2001
*** "HERE, I AM, a balding middle aged
failure. I feel a fraud when I act. I've had everything. None of them
means anything ... I'm going to live to be 100, and then I plan to
clone myself with all of my talent but none of my neuroses."
(Soon to be released unauthorized biography quoting
Hollywood's all time giant Marlon Brando about disillusionment with
his own greatness)
*** "MOST OF THE TIME I try to impart
the golden rule to people: Do unto others as you would have others do
(Municipal Judge in small town of Ohio, USA, John
Nicholson, punishing a young man convicted of playing loud hard rock
music while driving around by listening four hours of polka music)
*** "IT WAS SHOCKING to see how punitive
this society is . . . We obviously need prisons and jails, but we're
(Ex Washington DC police officer Caroline Nicholl
criticizing American law enforcement by starting a campaign against
"zero tolerance cops")
*** "EVIDENCE EXISTS now that America
set off the AIDS virus when it launched its bacterial defence
programmes in the early 1980s."
(Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi accusing the US of
creating AIDS virus and asking it to take the responsibility for the
treatment of the victims)
*** "ON SATURDAY, I was a surgeon in
South Africa. On Monday I was world renowned ... I was as popular in
those days as (former President Nelson) Mandela is today."
(Christiaan Barnard, the world's first doctor to
perform human-to-human heart transplant on December 3, 1967, talking
about his celebrity status in a interview prior to his death recently)
*** "THE IRREFUTABLE TRUTH is that tens
of millions of Africans were captured, sold like a commodity and sent
beyond the Atlantic to work in slavery."
(Cuban leader Fidel Castro demanding reparations
from the rich industrialized world as an "unavoidable moral
duty" for the slavery to pay back "what is due to
mankind" at the UN World Conference Against Racism)
*** " ... led ... Irish wit George
Bernard Shaw to argue that "fish" could reasonably be spelt
"ghoti' - taking the "gh" from "cough", the
"o" from "women" and the "ti" from
(Argument supporting report by Professor Philip
Seymour, a linguistics expert at Scotlandís Dundee University, which
says that bizarre syllables and letter combinations make "English
*** "THE SANCTIONS are the equivalent of
dropping a nuclear bomb."
(Unnamed UN official in Baghdad commenting on
devastative effects of the US-lead UN's economic sanctions on Iraq)
*** "THEY WERE NOT ABLE to impose their
point of view ... so they quit."
(Representative of Palestinian Liberation
Organisation, Suleiman Al Herfi, commenting on the pulling out of the
United States and Israel from the World Conference Against Racism in
Durban, South Africa)
*** "ADVISING PEOPLE to eat chocolate
regularly for their heart's sake is a reckless message that people
should ignore ... enjoy a little chocolate in moderation."
(British Heart Foundation dismissing the claims
made by scientists sponsored by a confectionery maker that chocolate
is good for the heart)
*** "I THOUGHT I had done something
wrong, but I was confused when they handed me this certificate telling
me I had won a million dollars."
(Patrick Collier, a 35-year-old homeless labourer
in California, recalling how he was randomly picked by the officials
of fast food chain McDonald's as part of restaurant's efforts to
restore consumer confidence in its sweepstakes promotions)
*** "WE'VE SEEN what happens with the
uninhibited acquisition of knowledge ... We are now manipulating the
(US writer Hugh Nissenson commenting on his new
novel "The Song of Earth" about first genetically programmed
artist. The book, he says, is a "warning to be careful"
about "an implicit doom hanging over attempts to create
creativity" regarding human cloning)
*** "IF YOU don't feel apologetic for
slavery, if you don't feel apologetic for colonialism, if you feel
proud of it, they say it."
(Us black leader Jesse Jackson criticizing UK for
refusing to apologize for its part in the transatlantic slave trade at
the UN summit on racism)