By Syed M.Aslam
Feb 19 - 25, 2001
*** "IT WOULD NOT get any of us anywhere if I rushed
to (the office) and got all flustered without receiving reports."
(Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori responding to critism for his
late response after learning a US submarine's collision with a Japanese fishing boat and
choosing to continue play golf)
*** "Because the closed-circuit telecast of my
execution raises these fundamental equal access concerns, and because I am otherwise not
opposed to such a telecast . . . hold a true 'public execution- allow a public
(Timothy McVeigh, convicted for 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed
16 people, wants his scheduled May 16 execution to be broadcast on television)
*** "THE ADMINISTRATION IS BIASED and communal. Relief
is being denied to Muslims and the lower castes."
(One of several hundred angry demonstrators, mostly Muslims, accusing
the radical Hindu groups particularly the RSS for stealing the aid meant for the quake
survivors in Bhuj, India and funnelling it to supporters)
*** "AS FAR AS KASHMIR is concerned, the need of the
hour is to survey the hearts and minds of the people, not some superficial body count of
people living in slavery."
(Chairman of pro-independence All Parties Hurriyat Conference,
Professor Abdul Gani Butt, rejecting the census in Indian-held Kashmir)
*** "HE WAS TRYING to play the Africans against the
Asian and Latin American members in NAM but it just didn't work."
(An unnamed Asian diplomat commenting on the proposal made by the
outgoing US Ambassador to the UN, Rochard Holbrooke, urging African nations to breakaway
from the Non-Aligned Movement)
*** "THEY WILL HAVE all justifications to choose
resistance and not peace because Sharon, like all other Israeli leaders, is not a man of
(Mousa Abu Marzouk, a politburo member of Islamic movement Hamas,
saying that the election of radical Ariel Sharon as Israeli prime minister necessitates
Arabs to reconsider their previous policies and to abandon the peace process which gave
them nothing during 10 years of negotiations)
*** "I LIKE having a good brain. I like being able to
learn fast. But I do not put a lot of stock in genes and don't think being smart makes
anyone a good person."
(Doron Blake, one of America's first 'designer babies' meant with an IQ
of 180, on turning 28 and being confused about his identity)
*** "IF YOU PEOPLE stop buying my records so that I
get a break, then I will do a movie."
(Controversial US rapper Eminem advising fans to stop buying so many of
his albums to give him time to star as villain in an action film)
*** "THE UK GOVERNMENT is trying very hard to let us
have the possession of 20,000 documents that pertained to corruption of Benazir Bhutto.
After some legal process hopefully these reports should be with us."
(Head of National Accountability Bureau, Lt. Gen Khalid Maqbool
reiterating that the government is not interested to make any deal with the former prime
minister Benazir Bhutto and instead is going to file further corruption cases against her
and her husband)
*** "NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. He must personally
answer the charges. He must face the consequences of his actions here and not in some
distant shore. The law must always, everywhere prevail."
(Philippine President Gloria Arroyo saying that there can be no amnesty
for her deposed predecessor Joseph Estrada and the corruption-stained leader would not be
permitted to leave the country)
*** "THE ENEMIES OF ISLAM and the revolution, in the
United States and other places, openly advocate a peaceful overthrowing of the regime ....
terrorist and anti-revolution groups are both politically and financially supported
(Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warning against weakening
of institutions alluding to reformists' criticism of conservative-led judiciary)
*** "THE ENERGY released through tectonic upheavals
during the earthquake was like letting off 224 hydrogen bombs. These water bodies are the
(J.G. Negi, a geophysicist at the National Geophysical Research
Institute, explaining the gushing of freshwater in and around arid Khangarpur, the
epicentre of devastating quake in India)