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For The Record

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 Superpower")

*** "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 charges)

*** "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 Mugabe's re-election)

*** "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 law."

(International Committee of the Red Cross flaying US President George W. Bush's decision to deny POW status to the Afghan fighters)

*** "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 Washington)

*** "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 ongoing government."

(US President George W. Bush telling reporters about the 'shadow' government working Since September 11)