*** "IF MEGAWATI is Number One and Vice
President Hamzah Haz Number Two, then Taufik is One-and-a-Half."
(Opposition Member of Parliament, Alvin Lie,
commenting on the increasingly dominant role played by the husband of
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, Taufik Kiemas, at the most
senior levels of government and business)
*** "SOME IRRESPONSIBLE people at the lower
level did not perform their duties seriously. Therefore there was
mishandling of the voters. But I know ... there was a massive vote of
confidence in me."
(President Pervez Musharraf's reply to a question
"Was the April referendum on your rule, with all its
irregularities, a mandate?")
*** "IT TOOK ME seven or eight tries but to my
amazement, she opened her eyes and started breathing."
(US policeman Thomas Richmond who performed
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to technically dead dog, Cinnamon. The
technically dead dog was hit by a car)
*** "WATCH THE TV this Sunday, I will be the
(Message posted on a British neo-Nazi website Maxime
Brunerie, a 25-year-old Paris student, a day prior to unsuccessful
attempt to gun down French President Jacques Chirac)
*** "THE GOVERNMENT will not let itself be
intimidated by the mafia."
(Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi responding
to a protest by 300 jailed Mafia figures against their personal
conditions which led the national anti-Mafia prosecutors to voice fears
of a new Mafia war)
*** "WHENEVER A (SUICIDE) attack occurs against
the enemy, I feel as if carried it out myself and every Arab should look
at these acts this way."
(Iraqi President Saddam Hussain praising attacks
against Israelis by the Palestinians)
*** "THE TOTAL ESTIMATED LOSSES suffered by the
masses due to wrong management policies, corruption and inefficiency of
the government amounts to Rs 3,000 billion [around $ 50 billion] per
(Former World Bank consultant, Dr Ali Sajid, speaking
at a seminar at Islamabad)
*** "TRAVEL IN ALL AREAS of Afghanistan,
including the capital Kabul, is unsafe due to military operations,
landmines, banditry, armed rivalry among political and tribal groups ...
The ability of Afghan authorities to maintain order and ensure the
security of citizens and visitors is very limited."
(Renewed warning issued to US citizens to not to
travel to Afghanistan by the US State Department)
*** "WHAT THE HELL is the Government doing
amassing all this information on MPs?"
(Spokesman of Britain's Tory party accusing the
ministers of keeping secret files on political opponents after a search
of Parliament's computers revealed immense information on Conservatives
MPs enough to fill two rooms)
*** "THE PALESTINIAN concept of reform is
totally different from the concept suggested by Bush or imposed by
(Top political leader of Palestinian resistance
movement Hamas, Ismail Abu Shanab, commenting on reforms agenda pushed
by US President George W. Bush)
*** "IT'S GOING TO BE a long struggle. Maybe not
as long as the Cold War, but does not hurt to think (in terms of) the
(US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz saying
that the US campaign in Afghanistan will last for years)
*** "PRESIDENT BUSH and his government did not
bring the Iraqi leadership to power — therefore they cannot remove the
Iraqi leadership from its place because of their own decisions."
(Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz speaking to
reporters after his week-long visit to South Africa)
*** "... 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)
*** " 'WHAT IS IMPORTANT is what is done, not
what is said.' 'TO US, it is not enough to talk about accountability,
you have to act to ensure it."
(Two top US Democrats — House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt and
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle — asking President Bush for action
not just words to fight accounting scandals to fight corporate crime
such as the ones resulting in the closures of oil giant Enron and
telecommunication giant WorldTel)