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For The Record

By Syed M.Aslam
Oct 22 - 28, 2001

*** "a White House of lies, a house organized for deception ... even the insiders themselves could no longer penetrate to reality."

(Excerpt from the new book 'President Nixon: Alone in the White House' of US author Richard Reeve saying that the former president used deception to protect the isolation he desperately craved)

*** "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)

*** "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)

*** "THEIR DECISION amazes me. Our country is being bombarded, but we are here playing cricket."

(Captain of Afghan cricket team, participating in a cricket tournament in Peshawar, Pakistan, expressing surprise over the decision of New Zealand and Sri Lanka Cricket Boards to cancel the tour)

*** "Centre photo: GN 13.10 p 8"

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*** "WHAT'S THE USE OF FREEDOM if you only use it in comfort and not in crisis?"

(Chairman of the pan-Arab satellite news station Al Jazeera, Hamad Bin Thamer Al Thani, rejecting US' unhappiness with its exclusive war coverage inside Afghanistan and broadcasting statements of Osama bin Laden )

*** "THE DIFFERENCE between us and Alexander is that we do not want to launch a ground campaign in Afghanistan."

(A US military analyst commenting on the difference between the US war on Afghanistan and the last westerner conqueror of the country 'Alexander The Great')

*** "I'M THINKING of Musharraf very much in terms of Anwar Sadat 30 years ago."

(Unnamed senior US official appreciating President General Pervez Musharraf for offering full support to the US against the ruling Taliban of Afghanistan)

*** "I WOULD LIKE to support Pakistan from a financial point of view. But our basic stance is that a debt waiver is not desirable."

(Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi commenting on President Gen Pervez Musharraf's request to write off $ 5 billion loans from his country)

*** "IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE... to ignore that there was crime covered up by the highest authorities of state."

(French junior heritage minister Michel Duffour commenting on the unveiling of a memorial to Algerians killed during the police repression of a march in central Paris fourty years ago in 1961)

*** "IF THE AMERICANS have smart bombs, they're not being very smart. They are hitting ordinary homes and killing ordinary people."

(A resident commenting on the civilian casualties caused by the heavy US air strikes on the Afghan city of Kandahar)

*** "TWO MEGAWATS."

(Electricity generated from Britain's first dung-powered power station which will use 1.6 million tonnes of slurry a year in Devon county)

*** "WE ARE SO multilateral, it keeps me up 24 hours a day."

(US Secretary of State Colin Powell referring to Washington's diplomatic drive to create and sustain the coalition in its 'war against terrorism')

*** "IF YOU ARE a child born in Afghanistan today, you are 25 times more likely to die before the age of five than an American or a French or a Saudi Arabian child."

(Spokesman of United Nations Children Fund, Eric Laroche, fearing that as many as 100,000 children in war-ravaged Afghanistan will die this winter for lack of food)

*** "IN THE UNITED STATES there is support for the bombings, and the fact that some civilians are going to be killed is part of the expectation of what bombing means."

(Sociology professor at the New School University in New York, Jeffrey Goldfarb, defending civilian casualties caused by heavy bombardment of Afghanistan)