By Syed M.Aslam
Oct 15 - 21, 2001
*** "WE HAVE BEEN the cowards lobbing
cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly."
(US comedian Bill Maher referring to the 1998 US
cruise missile attacks against Afghanistan and Sudan)
*** "CURRENTLY ONE-THIRD of US citizens
doesn't want retaliation if it means killing thousands of innocent
civilians. President Bush is wrong to effectively brand them
(Britain's Green Party, which is battling to have
its voice of reason heard within the UK whose government is Bush
staunchest supporter in its 'war against terrorism')
*** "THEY REACT to exposes of corruption
with glee but refuse to take responsibility for their own
string-pulling, bribe-paying, and favour-seeking."
(Producer of an Indian TV programme, Partha Sinha,
saying the morality of the country's increasingly materialistic middle
is simply a facade to conceal the group's insensitivity to the poor
*** "WILL THE LONGER US EMPHASIS be on
punishing? Or will it be on dealing with the root cause."
(Harry Harding, dean of international affairs at
George Washington University, saying the terror attacks may alter US
foreign policy in long term)
*** "WE ARE LETTING THE WEST KNOW that
calling the terrorist attacks in the United States Islamic terror
represents, for millions of Muslims, moral terrorism."
(Spiritual leader of Muslims in the Caucasus
region, Allahshukyur Pashazade, addressing a conference on Islam in
Azerbaijan capital of Baku)
*** "HE POINTED OUT that we're not all
terrorists — but should we be so grateful? We know that."
(A British Muslim commenting on Prime Minister Tony
*** "center photo: D 9.10 p 13"
Inside Caption: "Filipino students holding
placards at a candle-lit anti-American rally outside the US
*** "IN ARAB COUNTRIES, we can't say
we're American. In America, we can't say we're Arab. So who are
(Palestinian-American Azzam Obeid, who owns a
supermarket in Brooklyn, New York, highlighting the mistrust between
Americans after the terror attacks in the US)
*** "SOME WEAK AND FEEBLE countries have
said (to the US), 'Go ahead, do what you want' ...Who is it you want
to fight against? Against Afghanistan? Just to catch one man whose
guilt you have failed to prove?"
(Leading Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati
hitting out at countries that have expressed support for the US
*** "AMERICA WANTS everyone to take part
in the mourning, but not to offer their tears. Instead, it wants them
to offer their blood, wealth and money."
(Mohammed Hussein, a Muslim cleric, speaking at a
Arab-Muslim conference in Beirut)
*** "WHEN ASKED what I think I answer as
truthfully as I can. But the truth tends to vary from day to
(British Author Fay Weldon replying to a question
if her seemingly attempts to court controversy are deliberate)
*** "I'M NOT GOOD AT FUNERALS."
(US Vice President Dick Cheney quoted by an adviser
why he chose not to share his nation's grief publicly after the
September 11 attacks in the US)
*** "IT'S A WAKE-UP CALL to look at the
policies that created a climate where this could happen."
(Anti-war protestor in Chicago asking the US to
're-examine' less than even-handed foreign policy in the Middle East)
*** "TERRORISM IS ONLY AN EXCUSE. Why
don't they announce their real intention — their motivation for
grabbing more power, for imperialism ... Since when has it become the
norm to send troops to another country and to hit its cities with
missiles and aerial bombardment because of so-called terrorism in that
(Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's
condemning US air strikes on neighbouring Afghanistan)
*** "WE DON'T have real spies anymore
who go out and get dirt under their nails ... requires a stool pigeon
on every corner."
(Un-named US Administration official and a former
chief of American CIA's Middle East section respectively commenting on
lack of diligent human spying to count on buying informers to help
track alleged terrorists in hard-to-blend-in Afghanistan)