By Syed M.Aslam
Mar 18 - 24, 2002
*** "... so long as it continues to
employ such tactics against countries such as Cuba and continues to
back repugnant and brutal massacres that its ally Israel carries out
against the Palestinian people."
(Cuban President Fidel Castro asking the US to
dismantle 'Mafia of terrorists' in Miami saying that it lacks the
moral authority to terrorism as the US itself continues to employ such
tactics against other countries)
*** "THE PENTAGON needs to be prepared
to use nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Iran,
Libya and Syria."
(Excerpts of a classified Pentagon report published
by Los Angeles Times saying that the Bush administration has directed
the military to prepare plans to use nuclear weapons against at least
*** "WITHOUT NOTICE, without a hearing,
without a warrant, without probable cause, without statutory
authority, and without any rational basis."
(Lawsuit filed by US-based Muslim charity, Holy
Land Foundation, challenging the freezing of its assets by 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
*** "... 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)
*** "MY DAILY SCHEDULE has been so tight
that I don't have time to think about these ideas, or even go to
toilet, or watch TV."
(Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra trying to
deflect heavy media criticism over reports of issuing an 'insane
order' to probe journalists' saying that he has no time for 'nonsense'
*** "IF THEY'RE connected to the
Internet they can be used to transmit threats and attack targets, just
as any computer can."
(Director of research at US anti-virus software
maker saying that it is technically possible now that mobile phones
are as prone to be 'hacked' as PC and are next target for viruses)
*** "THIS IS the policy of the big
stick, a nuclear stick intended to intimate us and put us in our
(Influential member of Russian parliament, Dmitry
Rogozin, criticizing a report of US contingency plans to use nuclear
weapons against at least seven countries including Russia)
*** "BLAIR CAN'T bring himself to admit
that a roaring, uncontrollable America sees him as an ornamental
extra: nice to have, but inessential ... The greatest defeat of
British foreign policy is the loss of the illusion that London
(Political commentator Nick Cohen criticizing
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's policy of doing all the giving
amidst and yet been embarrassed by slapping of tariffs on foreign
steel imports by the US putting thousands of jobs at risk in the UK)
*** "... one has the impression that he
(Bush) has a sparrow's brain in a dinosaur's head. That's why we must
be vigilant about the accusations of this supercilious man."
(Iran's influential former president Ali Akbar
Hashemi Rafsanjani rebutting US President George W. Bush's comments of
'axis of evil')
*** "IT IS A STUPID and useless war and
it would be better to stop it immediately. My people have always
fought for freedom and democracy."
(Exiled king of Afghanistan Zaher Shah denouncing
the US-led war in his country. He is expected to return to Afghanistan
this month depending on threat to personal safety)
*** "Corruption and inefficiency
remained acute, despite reform initiated by the Musharraf
(US State Department country report for 2001 saying
that the human rights situation in Pakistan has remained poor.
Pakistan has rejected the report)