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FOR THE RECORD

By Syed M.Aslam
May 20 -June 02, 2002

*** "THE US EXTERMINATED its indigenous population, conquered half of Mexico, and carried out depredations all over. Now, for the first time since the British burned the White House in (the War of) 1812, the guns have been directed the other way. OF COURSE the US claims it has reasons... Everyone has reasons. The question is whether they are justified. We should realize that in much of the world the US is regarded as a leading terrorist state, with good reason."

(US intellectual Noam Chomsky criticizing delusions of American power in the post September 11 world)

*** "WHY THIS VIRTUOS MAN does not resign in protest at the deliberate obstruction of crucial resolutions. Why does he not quit in protest at the ineffectiveness of the international body when it comes to (implementing) important resolutions."

(Saudi newspaper 'Al Bilad asking UN Secretary General to step down over the failure of the world body to force Israel to accept a fact-finding mission to the Palestinian refugee camp of Janin, the scene of carnage by Israel)

*** "IT'S UNPATRIOTIC not to stand up, look them in the eye, and ask the questions they don't want to hear they being those who have the responsibility ... to send our sons and daughters, our husbands, wives, our blood, to face death."

(Star news anchor for the US television network CBS, Dan Rather, accusing the Bush government of "stifling the press while taking refuge in 'patriotism running amok'")

*** "THE GURKHAS have been loyal servants of the British for 196 years and have lost between 50,000 and 60,000 lives. All we ask is not to be treated as inferior human beings and to suffer discrimination."

(Nepal's Gurkha soldiers accusing UK of colonial racism and taking the defence ministry to court for unfair treatment over pay and pensions)

*** "THE AMERICAN position does not stem from seeking the truth about weapons of mass destruction... If it were so, why we did not hear from this American official any word about the arsenal of chemical and nuclear weapons Israel had acquired."

(Libyan foreign ministry spokesman rejecting the remarks by US Undersecretary of State John Bolton that Tripoli continues to seek weapons of mass destruction)

*** "YEMEN, which has made sacrifices to protect its independence and its sovereignty, will not make a mockery of these principles. We will not grant any facility to the United States or any country in any of our ports."

(Spokesman for Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh declaring that his country would not grant the US military facilities despite arrival of American military advisors in Sanaa)

*** "IT LOOKS LIKE AUSCHWITZ. The people have nothing on their bones anymore. They are being treated like cattle, crammed into tents. It's unbelievable, unbelievable."

(European Union's special envoy Klaus-Peter Klaiber comparing conditions of hundreds of Taliban prisoners were held by deputy defence minister Abdul Rashid Dostum to infamous Nazi extermination camp)

*** "THE SIGNAL we are sending to the world is that we take nuclear weapons and their use and employment very seriously. We actually think ... we can gain strategic advantage by using them."

(Senior fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington, Ivo Daalder's strange logic of rejecting nuclear accord between the US and Russia this week)

*** "BUSH, BY HIS POLICIES and recklessness and his stifling of dissident ... is endangering our country ...'an out-of-control West Texas Sheriff.'"

(Former US presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, lashing out at the Bush administration)

*** "AS LONG AS the root of evil is there, the violence will stay. The root of evil is the Israeli occupation."

(The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Monsignor Michel Sabbah, blasting Israel as root of evil in the Middle East at the first mass after the end of five-week Israeli siege)