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FOR THE RECORD

By Syed M.Aslam
April 29 - May 05, 2002

*** "LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I AM A TERRORIST."

(Saudi Arabian columnist Saleh Al-Ashqar's sarcastic rebuttal to media-fuelled anti-Palestinians sentiments in the West stereotyping them as terrorists 'for resisting the occupier and defending their own existence')

*** "SUDDENLY THE PRESIDENT who soared by standing on principle seems to have been replaced by an impostor who's has lost his foreign-policy bearings."

(Editorial in influential US publication, Wall Street Journal, criticizing slow progress of Washington-backed interim government of Hamid Karzai's to expand his sphere of influence beyond the confined of the capital Kabul)

*** "THE US ALWAYS needs external wars, because it is the only thing that unites them. Every US President invents an external enemy, and Bush is no exception."

(Kuwaiti academic and head of London-based think tank Ibn-Rushd Centre, Abdullah Al-Nafisi, saying the US war in Afghanistan is being motivated by economics making it more likely that it will launch more wars in its aftermath)

*** "IF HE WERE a company chairman, he would leave his company's annual general meeting in handcuffs... believes he's a god of Olympia and doesn't want to debate with a mere mortal."

(Extreme right French leader Jean-Marie Le Pen accusing President Jacques Chirac of corruption and challenging him for a TV showdown as protests snowballed across the country at his shock surge into the runoff of the presidential election)

*** "NO PLANE EVER CRASHED INTO THE PENTAGON... we know nothing about what really happened that day, for we've never really been told the truth about what really occurred on September 11."

(Writer of runaway best seller in France 'The Horrible Lie', Thierry Meyssan, claiming that the kamikaze attack on Pentagon was simply a medium event)

*** "IT'S AMAZING. The Americans will accept wrong reports and bomb our people. But they don't allow us to come in and tell them the truth."

(A member of council of Afghan province of Khost who travelled to capital Kabul to present the case of US bombing errors which killed innocent tribal elders)

*** "HOW CAN you justify selling something that costs $200 for $10,000?"

(Yusuf K. Hamied, the controller of the third top pharmaceutical company in India, saying that no companies should be allowed to charge outrageous prices for life-saving drugs. He proceeded to destroy one of the most outrageous of them of all by offering to sell anti-AIDS drugs at a fraction of the going price)

*** "IN MEXICO EVERYONE from the right to left lies... Diplomatic relations may break off for telling the truth but the brotherly and historical links between the Mexican and Cuban peoples will be eternal."

(Cuban President Fidel Castro blasting Mexican President Vicente Fox for orchestrating his departure from the UN development summit in Mexico to keep him away from running into US President George W. Bush)

*** "ON EARTH DAY, President Bush will probably plant a tree... It's the other 364 days we're worried about."

(Natural Resources Defence Council, a US environmentalist group, criticizing government's energy and environmental policies)

*** "I HAVE UNSHEATHED (my sword). What I am asking the nation is that you don't make me unsheathe it again."

(Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was restored after a coup, advocating national dialogue to avoid renewed violence)

*** "THE MAJORITY of Afghans neither know him nor do they want a museum piece to revive the defunct monarchy... the country certainly does not need a fossil to be displayed as the foreigners please in order to keep the Afghans in perpetual bondage."

(Iran's English language daily 'Kayhan' commenting on the return of former Afghan king Muhammad Zahir Shah after 23 years in exile)