*** "I AM INVOLVED. I mean, I'm involved in the
military plan, diplomatic planning, financial planning-all aspects of
— reviewing all the tools at my disposal."
(US President George W. Bush vowing to use "all
tools" to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussain)
*** "THIS IS WHAT we get from the Americans.
There is a new bride buried here. Do the Americans care? They will be
(Afghan women cursing the US at the grave of a bride
killed by US air raids on a wedding party which killed hundreds of
*** "I LIKE MY OWN STYLE."
(Indian presidential candidate Dr A. P. J. Abdul
Kalam saying that he has no plans to change his hairdo, the unruly
*** "PALESTINIANS call us ZNN, for Zionist News
(Host of five-part series on the CNN news channel on
the victims of suicide bombers, Wolf Blitzer, commenting on angry
reaction by Palestinians against its pro-Israeli coverage)
*** "TUESDAY IS NOT a good day to start any new
work. And as finance is governed by Mercury, Wednesday is a better day
for the finance minister in any case. The foreign affairs office is
governed by Jupiter..."
(Unidentified astrologer explaining why the
swearing-in ceremony of India's new finance and foreign minister,
Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha who trade offices, were postponed for a
*** "THANK GOD for my blessings."
(Disgraced former First Lady of Philippines, Imelda
Marcos, who celebrated her 73rd birthday twice. The opportunities
provided her a chance to showcase her magnificent jewellery collection)
*** "WE ARE GOING to have a transformation that
makes us economically and politically accountable to ourselves. So we
don't need to have foreigners telling us the standards by which we
should live anymore."
(Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaking at the
two-day summit held in Durban, South Africa. The summit, attended by at
least 40 presidents and heads of state, will discuss replacing
Organisation of African Unity (OAU) with a new organization, African
*** "A US PATENT has been granted to Indian
scientists on the use of cow urine distillate as bio-enhancer."
(Indian Minister of Science and Technology, Murli
Manohar Joshi, excitedly announcing the patenting rights granted to
Indian scientists for using cow urine for medicinal purposes)
*** "MY HARD WORK and efforts are the reason
behind my success..."
(Abdulsamad Moosa, a 42-year-old UAE national,
expressing joy at passing his English exam after almost two decades. He,
however, failed in Math and will have to take the examination again to
qualify for his high school diploma)
*** "... REPORTS SAY even at the Godhra station
they [Hindu militants] misbehaved with the predominantly Muslim hawkers.
It is safe to conclude that had they not done what they did, the Gujarat
riots would not have taken place at all... It is wrong to blame the
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan ..."
(Senior vice-president of Lok Janshakti Party, which
pulled out of the BJP-led ruling alliance, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri,
commenting on the report which said that the torching of a train was
orchestrated by Hindu militants to provide them with a pretext to start
communal violence which claimed lives of hundreds of Muslims in India)
*** "THERE IS NO REAL friendship between
Filipinos and the Americans. There can be no friendship in a
relationship between a master and a slave."
(Head of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, one of
the groups which held a protest rally on the American Friendship Day by
marching on the US embassy in Manila)
*** "... people like Baroness Thatcher were the
cause of capitalism and global problems, which meant the world was in
danger of suffering irreparable damage."
(Prosecutor John Gilbert saying that London theatre
producer, Paul Kelleher who beheaded the statue of former British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher as a protest against global capitalism,
intends to use his trial to highlight his concerns about the future of
the world and future of his two-year-old son)