By Syed M.Aslam
April 08 - 14, 2002
*** "NEITHER ARE WE
AFGHANISTAN nor should India think it is the United States."
(President General Pervez Musharraf warning India
not to treat his country like 'scum' while calling for a UN role in
de-escalating military tensions between the two countries)
*** "LIKE EVERYONE
CONDEMNED to death and in all matters of life, Kyla has the
inalienable right to ask for grace from you."
(Letter written by lawyers representing Rottweiller,
Kyla, to French President Jacques Chirac pleading for mercy after the
dog was condemned to death for appearing in public without a muzzle)
*** "UNILATERALISM IS
NOT ONLY of no help, but rather would trigger off further
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."
(Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan condemning
United States for growing unilateralism in arms control issues at the
first UN-sponsored disarmament conference since a leaked defence
review of US plans of potential nuclear targets)
*** "I KEPT HEARING a
mysterious female voice calling for help so that she and her companion
could rest in peace."
(A Philippino woman explaining how a mysterious
voice heard by her led authorities to a mass grave of victims of
*** "WE CALL UPON your
Christian conscience, because we know you are the only one who can
stop this tragedy immediately."
(Letter written to US President George W. Bush by
heads of all the Christian churches in Jerusalem to halt Israel's
military incursions in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem)
*** "IF I LIVED a
hundred years, I'll never quite get those few minutes out of my
(Log-book of Captain Robert A. Lewis, the co-pilot
of the aircraft 'Enola Gay' which dropped the first atom bomb on
*** "HOW CAN ANNAN call
on Arafat to stop using force when the man is besieged and receiving,
not delivering force."
(Former Bosnian Premier Haris Silajdzic criticizing
UN's Secretary General Kofi Annan and accusing Israel of carrying out
ethnic cleansing of Muslims similar to that by Serbs in his country
*** "NOBODY IS SHAKEN,
afraid, or retreating. We are going to Jerusalem, giving millions of
martyrs on the way."
(Besieged Palestinian President Yasser Arafat
talking during a TV interview as Israeli tanks rumbled below the
window of his headquarters in Ramallah)
*** "SHE THINKS THAT I'M
A PROFESSIONAL GOLFER."
(Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone, known for
his violent roles in action films, answering a question what his older
daughter Sophia, whom he doesn't allow to see his movies, thinks he
does for a living?)
*** "I HAVE BEEN ADVISED
not to go for referendum but I want to tell the nation today that I am
a soldier and I do not fear from danger and I am ready to take the
risk in the larger national interest."
(President General Pervez Musharraf announcing a
referendum to seek public support for extension of his rule by five
*** "GROUNDLESS SLANDERS
against North Korea should not be repeated."
(North Korean foreign ministry spokesman asking the
US to stop its 'axis of evil' rhetoric)
*** "MY FATHER WAS THE
(Protestant minister Ronald Denton Wilson, claiming
that his late father Henry Clay Wilson killed black Civil Rights
activist Martin Luther King 24 years ago. He said that late James Earl
Ray who confessed to the murder was an acquaintance of his late father
and was really 'was set up for the crime')
*** "THE BOTTOM LINE is
that the United States is the only power that will be listened to by
both sides... The White House was not doing enough to end the violence
in the Middle East."
(Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
criticizing the US for not doing enough in Middle East crisis)
*** "PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
coming in every day asking for it, but the publishers seem to have run
out of stock as well."
(Parisian book-seller Laetitia Prignot commenting on selling out of
a book written by Thierry Meyssan titled 'September 11: The Appalling
Deception' which alleges that the attack on the Pentagon was faked by
US agents to win more funding)