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For The Record

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 traitors."

(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 and vulnerable)

*** "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 Blair's speech)

*** "center photo: D 9.10 p 13"

Inside Caption: "Filipino students holding placards at a candle-lit anti-American rally outside the US embassy"

*** "IN ARAB COUNTRIES, we can't say we're American. In America, we can't say we're Arab. So who are we?"

(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 against Taliban)

*** "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 day."

(British Author Fay Weldon replying to a question if her seemingly attempts to court controversy are deliberate)


(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 country?"

(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)