*** "IT IS TIME we begin dealing with the real
Islam and the real West rather than caricatures of each other... What
motivates a suicide bomber that his instinct for survival is overcome by
a death wish?"
(President Pervez Musharraf criticizing the
increasing anti-Muslim bias in the West calling for an alliance of the
two. He was speaking at a Harvard University meeting in Cambridge,
*** "SOME ARE ACCUSING ME of endangering the
German-American friendship. What kind of friendship is that if you are
not free to state your opinion but instead have to stand there and click
your heels together?"
(German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder saying his
country would not follow the US into war with Iraq)
*** "THE US GOVERNMENT has failed to uphold the
very values that President Bush declared were under attack on September
11. It has ignored basic restraints on a government's power to detain
that are the hallmarks of free and democratic nations."
(Jamie Fellner of Human Rights Watch saying that
arbitrary arrests compromised the civil rights in the US)
*** "THE AMOUNT OF CORRUPTION and bribery was
huge and the circumstances of the crimes were quite serious."
(Official Chinese news agency Xinhua commenting on
sentencing to death of former provincial tax chief for embezzling $ 5.84
*** "THIS IS A COURT OF THE OCCUPATION. You have
no right to put me on trial, the state of Israel should be on
(Leader of the popular Palestinian uprising 'Intifada',
Marwan Barghouti, refusing to recognize the Israeli court trying him for
masterminding attacks that killed 26 Israelis)
*** "I AM TRYING to tailor democracy according
to the needs of Pakistan."
(President Pervez Musharraf's interview on a BBC
*** "THE MARTYR Mir Murtada (Murtaza) Bhutto,
secretary-general of the Pakistani (Al) Zulfikar organization, suggested
crashing into the World Trade Centre in New York with a plane..."
(Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most
wanted terrorist, claiming that the assassinated brother of former prime
minister Benazir Bhutto was the first person to suggest slamming planes
into the WTC during a meeting of an unspecified group of
"anti-imperialists" back in 1991 to avenge the destruction of
Iraq by the US)
*** "IF THE WHITE HOUSE does not meet my
demand... I will be your horrible ghost and I will hunt you in the White
House. I will be armed..."
(Threatening e-mail sent by an under-trial man in
Turkey to the White House in the wake of 11.9 attacks last year)
*** "SHE'S TALKING RUBBISH. You can't pass
judgment on the working classes. If she doesn't it, then get out."
(A 76-year-old resident of a rundown public housing
estate calling pop superstar Madonna rude, arrogant and ridiculous for
complaining that public housing projects were a blot on the city's
*** "I THOUGHT: if the coup plotters triumph,
and don't put me behind bars, how am I going to feed the family.
Honestly, I thought about becoming a taxi driver."
(Russian President Vladimir Putin recounting the fear
following his resignation from the KGB during the hardline uprising in
*** "REMEMBER WE CANNOT buy another planet... We
need more than your applause, your comments of well done, or good
speech. We need action."
(Fourteen-year-old Ecuadorian Analiz Vergara speaking
at the UN Earth Summit held recently in South Africa)
*** "IF THE UNITED STATES believes that it can
use a monopoly over sources of energy as a weapon against others, it
will end up fighting the whole world and risk losing everything."
(Saudi newspaper 'Arab News' asking the US to listen
to 'friends' in the Middle East who advise against attacking Iraq)
*** "HIS DEPARTURE had nothing to do with his
July 10 presentation to the Defense Policy Board."
(Rand Corporation announcing the resignation of
French expert Laurent Murawiec who described the Saudis as enemies and
suggested invading of Saudi Arabia in his presentation to a Pentagon
advisory board in July)