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For The Record

By Syed M.Aslam
Nov 05 - 11, 2001

*** "THEY SHOULD NOT be under any misconception that if they try to take advantage, Pakistan is fully capable of defending its territory."

(President Gen Pervez Musharraf warning India not to take advantage of crisis)

*** "MAYBE THEIR DEATHS sound trivial but these dogs are very valuable."

(UN spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker commenting on the death of two highly-trained dogs hit by the US bombings on the UN mine dog center in Kabul)

*** "WE DON'T CARE what the Pakistan government or Pakistanis think... if Pakistanis think like this, so be it."

(Chairman of Pentagon Advisory Board, Richard Perle's rude anti-Pakistan remarks in a BBC programme)

*** "WE HAVE SOME PATIENTS with superficial injuries with symptoms of chemical weapons."

(Public Health Minister of Taliban, Mullah Abbas, accusing the US of using chemical weapons on Afghanistan. He invited foreign observers to come to the country to verify the claim)

***"THERE ARE NO NEW developments between Tehran and the United States and our position towards that country remains the same ... there have been no negotiations behind the scenes."

(Iranian President Mohammad Khatami ruling out normalisation of ties with the US)

*** "MY SOVEREIGNTY is only to God, not to queen, country or government. If my Islamic law contradicts British law, then change the (British) law, but I will never change my belief."

(Spokesman of a British-based Islamic group criticizing the enactment of a 750-year old treason law to prosecute "traitors" fighting for Taliban)

*** "FOR THE LAST 55 YEARS it has been running a terrorist training camp, whose victims massively outnumber the people killed by the attack on New York, the embassy bombings ... it is being funded by."

Bush's government."

(Report outlining Washington's camp for terrorist training in Fort Benning, Georgia which has trained over 60,000 terrorists since 1946. The camp's 'graduates' include many of Latin America's most notorious torturers, mass murderers, dictators and state terrorists)

*** "WE'RE THE ONLY ones who have worked with this stuff and made it, milled it, aerosolized it and measured its properties ... Who the hell in the FBI has ever seen weapons-grade anthrax powder?"

(Key figure in the Soviet bioweapons program, who defected in 1992 and his US counterpart, Patrick expressing annoyance at the US government for not consulting them to investigate the anthrax attacks)

*** "EVEN IF PUBLIC SUPPORT isn't weakening at this point, a constant drumbeat of criticism from opinion leaders and the media will eventually translates into loss of public support."

(US political scientist Mark Rozell commenting on the mounting criticism of the Bush administration's handling of the war against terrorism at home and abroad)

*** "I AM not involved in installing a government anywhere."

(UN secretary general's special representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, denying UN has received a mandate to form government in Afghanistan)

*** "WHY SHOULD THEY OFFER space to somebody who's trying to undermine their power, and to expose what they do?"

(Noam Chomsky, US most prominent dissident intellectual, explaining the reason for being sidelined by the US media)

*** "THOSE (IN IRAN) who evoke the need to negotiate with the United States are naive ... The regime's official must openly tell the world: we are opposed to terrorism and the US attacks against Afghanistan."

(Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accusing the US of bid to involve Iran in its war against neighbouring Afghanistan)