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For The Record

By Syed M.Aslam
Feb-25 - Mar- 10, 2002


(Iranian President Mohammad Khatami leading a protest rally against the US)

*** "TO THOSE WHO SAY Afghanistan needs deeds not words, I say that there are words that carry the weight of deeds, texts that are also acts."

(French intellectual Bernard Henri-Levy, on being appointed by the President Jacques Chirac as philosopher to war-torn Afghanistan to explain "the expectations and needs of the Afghan people" to his government)

*** "WHAT HAPPENED was a scandal by all measures for it is shameful for any country that its government be formed outside its borders ... We were tricked by U.N. representatives."

(Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani calling Bonn accord was an scandalous trick by the United Nations)

*** "GULLIVER CAN'T do it alone, and I don't think it's helpful if we regard ourselves as so Lilliputian that we can't speak up and say it."

(EU commissioner in charge of Europe's international relations, Chris Patten, launching a scathing attack of US foreign policy accusing the Bush administration of a dangerously "absolutist and simplistic")

*** "NOT ONLY are electrical activities affected, but also biochemical processes ... we do know that childrenís brains, which are not fully developed, are more vulnerable than adult brains are."

(Finding of the test conducted in Spain showing that even a few minutes' of chatting on a mobile phone reduces the brain functions of children for almost an hour)

*** "UNDER THE BANNER of anti-terrorism, the United States can wantonly attack those who hold different views ... under the same banner, it can make the United Nations a mere figurehead and transform the anti-terror campaign into a bargaining chip in international relations."

(Zhang Guoqing, a researcher at the American Institute, Academy of Social Sciences, China, saying that a common ground for US-China ties remain elusive)

*** "THE US RESERVES the right to itself to wage war, and dumps on others the messy, expensive business of nation-building and peace keeping."

(Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt commenting on the US campaign in Afghanistan)

*** "NICE PEOPLE vanish in memory, nasty people remain."

(Indian journalist Khushwant Singh speaking at the launching ceremony of his autobiography "Truth, Love and a Little Malice")

*** "I'VE ALSO THOUGHT of doing the same thing ... You only need to find out beforehand which storey the people are on."

(Alleged remarks uttered by a pilot during the television footage of a plane crashing into the WTC. The unnamed pilot had been sacked for his "me too" remark by a German business airline Hapag Lloyd Executive)

*** "... has not ruled anything out."

(White House spokesman Ari Fleischer telling reporters about President George W. Bush's reaction to Russia's plea to avoid taking military action against "axis of evil" — Iraq, Iran and Korea)

*** "WHO WINS, who loses, it doesn't affect my life. You give me more money, I will hold your party flag."

(A rickshaw-puller expressing willingness to change his loyalty in the elections in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh)

*** "SO THE DIRECTORS who influence me the most, I don't know their names."

(Famed US film director Robert Altman saying that he has been influenced most by bad movies which had taught him most of what he knows about cinema to not to repeat their mistakes)

*** "WHO CAN LABEL PALESTINIANS as "terrorists" so long they resist the robbing of their land in violation of each and every UN Security Council resolution?"

(Former NATO official Dr Murad Hoffman blasting the US policy towards Arabs in particular and Muslims in general)

*** "THE COMMANDERS have become fairly adept at selling themselves, and they always need money for guns."

(A senior Western diplomat based in Pakistan commenting on report published in Washington Times saying that the US paid dozens of Afghan war lords $ 200,000 each plus mobiles to secure their cooperation in its war against the Taliban)