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
*** "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)
*** "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
*** "Centre photo: GN 13.10 p 8"
Catoon with the Caption
*** "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
(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
(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
*** "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)