By Syed M.Aslam
Sep 17 - 23, 2001
*** "WE, THE ARABS, can distinguish between
official American policy that is favourable to Israel and the peaceful
character of the American people."
(Jordanian Daily Al Rai warning Israel and the
Zionist lobby in the US against attempts to use terror attacks against
the United States as a cover to accuse Arabs and Muslims of terrorism)
*** "MR. TENET THOUGHT that Arafat had
always a role to play and there was no need to rush things."
(Prominent Egyptian journalist Mohammad Hassanein
Heikal's recent article describing why CIA Director George Tenet
vetoed Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's proposal of liquidating
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat)
*** "WE WILL NOT review or publish articles
based on studies that are conducted under conditions that allow the
sponsor to have sole control of the state or to withhold
(Editors of top US medical journals announcing the
decision to not publish sponsored studies in an attempt to limit the
influence of drug firms')
*** "NONVIOLENCE would work with any nation
in the world but not Israel because they are a savage nation. You
would only make it easier for them. They would just shoot you in front
of the checkpoint."
(Father of the young Palestinian girl shot and
wounded by Israeli troops dismissing the notion that nonviolence would
help bring peace with the occupiers)
*** "YES, ISRAEL IS A RACIST STATE ...
Never mind that the final report adopted by the Durban Conference did
not explicitly condemn Israel as a racist state ..."
(Editorial of the daily Times of Oman welcoming the
outcome of the UN World Conference Against Racism which concluded in
*** "US LEADERS must expect such a lesson
because they have shown unbearable cruelty towards people, which has
blown up in their face ..."
(Iraq official's comment on the kamikaze attacks in
*** "*** "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)
*** "OF COURSE today Japan is not doing
well because it decided to Look East: when it looked east it saw the
(Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad joking blaming
'Look East' policy for Japan's economic problems)
*** "IF THE GOVERNMENT thinks by setting up
a Speaker's Corner Singapore can tell the world we have freedom of
speech, that's the biggest lie."
(Veteran Singaporean opposition politician, Joshua
J. B. Jeyaretnam, demanding more freedom of speech at the 'Speaker's
Corner' on its first anniversary. He justified his visit saying that
he came to the corner to talk about hypocrisy and not to celebrate)
*** "IN OTHER WORDS, instead of taking
organs from donors, they could be grown."
(Russian Deputy Science Minister, Vladimir Knyazhev,
defending a government bill to ban human cloning for only five years,
stressing that therapeutic cloning techniques could provide immense
benefits in the future)
*** "IF AN ACT of retaliation leads to a
new destabilization, you haven't won anything at all."
(French Defence Minister Alain Richard urging the
United States to think calmly before unleashing retaliation amidst its
grim mood for revenge in the aftermath of the horrific suicide attacks
in New York and Washington)
*** "EATING roughly 44 gm of apples clearly
lowers neutral fat in blood."
(Study conducted by Japanese researcher showing
that eating two apples a day reduces the blood content of neutral fat,
one of the root causes hardening the arteries)
*** "I THINK they are just trying to scare
me. This is regrettable and I'm very disappointed. I must insist to
the Israeli authorities that we have a right to operate here."
(Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works
Agency, Peter Hansen, describing threats made by Israeli soldiers that
he would be shot during his visit of occupied areas. At one point an
Israeli tank turned its canon toward him and his convoy comprising
five vehicles flying the UN)