By Syed M.Aslam
Feb 05 - 11, 2001
*** "WE HAVE LOST an entire generation. It's as if the
Pied Piper of Hamelin had taken our children away."
(Quake-survivor Bhaoraji Saifuddin who lost 32 relatives, including one
of his children, in devastated Indian province of Gujrat)
*** "IT IS INCONCEIVABLE that the U.S. should play the
role of prosecutor and Greece the accused, and the struggle against terrorism be used to
(Greek parliamentary leader Apostolos Kaklamanis accusing the US to use
its fight against terrorism as a veil to pursue its own interests. He was reacting to
comments made by member of visiting US Congress delegation, Congressman Banjamin Gilman,
that Greek government faced a 'challenge' in guaranteeing security at the 2004 Olympic
*** "MY FRIENDS, the simple fact of the matter is
this: if we cannot make globalisation work for all, in the end it will work for
(UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warning world business leaders that
failure to make companies better corporate citizens would result in a destructive backlash
against globalisation. He was speaking at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos,
*** "EVERYONE TELLS ME not to say the things I do. I'm
very direct, very undiplomatic. Everyone tells me to stop talking about my hacker history,
but I don't give a ... I've stayed the way I am."
(Convicted superhacker Kim Schmitz who was recently hired to bail out a
financially troubled online shop in Britain. Kim routed his way into hundreds of top
secret files at Pentagon, NASA, CIA, FBI and got into Citibank's system to transfer 20
million Pounds which he gave to global environmental group Greenpeace)
*** "TODAY EVERYTHING is so promising and new. My hope
is that the day will never come when some of us take this honour for granted."
(US President George W. Bush reflecting on his first week in the White
*** "WHY DID YOU CHOOSE the name of Bhukamp?"
(Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee expressing annoyance at
naming a baby born at makeshift hospital 'bhukamp' or 'earthquake' in the quake devastated
state of Gujrat)
*** "MTV IS AN ENORMOUSLY influential force in the
world our children inhabit, and with that power and the right to exercise it comes a
certain level of responsibility."
(Parents of 13-year-old boy, Jason Lind, who suffered second- and
third-degree burnsafter mimicking a self-immolation stunt on MTV TV in Connecticut, USA)
*** "I AM TROUBLED by the decision the president made;
I would not have made that decision."
(US President George W. Bush stating that though he disagreed with
former president Bill Clinton's last minute decision to pardon shadowy billionaire and
rogue fugitive financier Marc Rich he did not intend to reverse it)
*** "CHECK WITH your local convenience-store and start
(Former US presidential candidate Bob Dole advertising for a giant soft
*** "THEY HAVE NO PAPER, no pens, no colours, they
suffer, and still they create and it's really good. Comfort is the enemy of art and
creation, it's difficult living conditions that create art, desperate people want to hold
on to something . . ."
(UN Development Programme's resident representative in Baghdad, Francis
Dubois, saying that the misery caused by UN-imposed sanctions has catalysed artistic
creation in Iraq)
*** "IT WAS like something out of a spoof. And the
funniest thing of all was that her single was called 'Love Don't Cost a Thing.' That one
television appearance cost a bloody fortune."
(An unnamed source commenting on bizarre and expensive demands made by
US singer and actress Jennifer Lopez)