By Syed M.Aslam
Mar 11 - 17, 2002
*** "... from 1945 to the end of the
century, the US attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign
governments and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements
struggling against intolerable regimes."
(Former US State Department official cum author
William Blum saying that America matches the description of 'rouge
state' in his new book "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's only
*** "I AM A VICTIM of my nationality. I
am a victim of my religion. I am a victim of my ethnicity and I am a
victim of the September 11 atrocity."
(Algerian-born Muslim pilot Lotfi Raissi speaking
at a news conference in London after being released on bail after US
officials said they no longer wanted to extradite him on terrorism
*** "MR BLAIR should shut up and attend
to the deteriorating public services in his own country."
(Zimbabwe Information Minister Jonathan Moyo
hitting back at British attempts to isolate it at Commonwealth summit
in Australia. He also accused Blair of trying to 're-colonize' Africa
by making 'irresponsible statements' about the violence surrounding
next week's presidential poll to prevent veteran President Robert
*** "THEY SIMPLY BELIEVE that Israel has
the right to defend its democracy ... They don't understand that
Israel gives no democratic rights to the Palestinians whatsoever. They
don't see that it's not a democracy."
(Former CIA operative Robert Baer expressing
disgust at the level of public ignorance about Palestine. Baer, who
worked for the CIA for 25 years, says that he 'would rather drive a
taxi than serve in the CIA' in his memoir 'See No Evil')
*** "At least 3,767"
(Figures of civilian casualties in Afghanistan
between October 7 and December 6 alone as per the research carried out
by a US researcher)
*** "THE DECISION by President Bush to
apply the Third Geneva Convention to the conflict in Afghanistan but
deny prisoner of war status to Guatanamo Bay detainees is incorrect in
(International Committee of the Red Cross flaying
US President George W. Bush's decision to deny POW status to the
*** "The vice president told me: 'As far
as I am concerned, you can even hang him.'"
(Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer
quoting what US Vice President Dick Cheney's told him during talks in
*** "THE DRAMATIC guts of the story—
cronyism, dishonesty, ambition and capitalism gone awry — are taking
shape with each passing day."
(Hollywood producer announcing plans to make a
TV-movie on the collapse of US energy giant Enron, the biggest
corporate failure in history)
*** "PEOPLE at the FSB thought Putin
couldn't get into power through democratic means."
(Exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky saying that
President Vladimir Putin knew that the country's secret service was
behind a wave of bombings killing hundreds to find an excuse for
military intervention in Caucasus republic of Chechnya)
*** "I THINK they bring minorities in
the door to maintain appearances and so they can say they are diverse.
But that's just a facade."
(Jeffrey Sterling, a former black CIA case officer
trained to recruit Iranian spies, suing the agency for racial
discrimination for sacking him)
*** "I WORK every day, 16 hours a day,
six days a week ...A lot say that my administration only has good
statistics but these are not being felt by the people."
(Philippines President Gloria Arroyo complaining
about a thankless job adding that she felt like giving up as she has
been working too hard)
*** "IF YOU have not suffered like the
Palestinians, you will never understand how that suffering led to
desperation which by itself led to killing. I do not defend suicide
bombers, but I understand why they behave like that."
(Former US Senator and well-known author and
lecturer Paul Finley blaming Israel for violence in the Middle East)
*** "... my administration has an
obligation to the American people, to put measures in place, that
should somebody be successful in attacking Washington D.C., there's an
(US President George W. Bush telling reporters
about the 'shadow' government working Since September 11)