*** "RAMADAN BRINGS GOD'S blessings with it.
We've got God and we accept His will. We thank Him for
(An Iraqi woman expressing joy at the advent of the
holy month of fasting Ramadan amidst economic hardships and shadow of
war in a country reeling from low basic monthly of $ 5 where a
kilogram of meat costs 2 dollars)
*** "WE COMMITTED collective suicide."
(Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit commenting on
the outcome of the elections which routed the old ruling class,
including his own party, bringing Islamist Justice and Development
Party in power with sweeping majority winning 363 of total 550 seats
in the parliament)
*** "DEFINITELY NOT. He belongs to the people
of Halifax who took care of him for 90 years."
(Magda Schleifer, an elderly relative of young
Titanic victim, saying that she would not take his remains with her to
his native Finland. DNA testing shows that "Unknown Child"
buried in Halifax in 1912 was 13-month-old Eino Panula who perished
alongwith his mother and four other siblings)
*** "EVERYONE KNEW she wanted to marry him but
he felt it would be impossible... Perhaps this is why she wanted to
become a Muslim. She said she had made a decision that would shock the
(Family of heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan expressing
anger at the selling of secrets of the relation between him and late
Princess Diana by her butler)
*** "AUSTRALIA is just as unsafe as the other
Asean countries. In fact ... Australia is particularly unsafe for
Muslims because they are likely to have their houses raided..."
(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammmad
criticising Australian authorities for targeting Muslim population in
the country. He also rejected Australian government's travel warnings
to Asian nations, particularly those members of Association of
Southeast Asian Nations-Asean)
*** "THEY WERE TOOLS, they were used by senior
military and politicians..."
(Defence lawyer commenting on the ruling giving by
a military court that convicted 15 soldiers of mutiny in Fiji in 2000)
*** "I'M THE ACTION HERO in the movies and I
want to be in real life. I want to create action for the children
rather than talk from here to eternity about these things."
(Hollywood's super action hero, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, expressing pleasure that his proposition had won the
blessing of the majority of voters in California. He scored his first
political victory when the scheme he championed to keep children off
the streets was adopted by 55 per cent of the voters. The after-school
care scheme is $ 455 million a year a project)
*** "BE CAREFUL Paul. There are powers at work
in this country about which we have no knowledge. Nobody, Paul, has
been as close to a member of my family as you have."
(Butler of late Princess Diana, Paul Burrell
recalling his meeting with Queen Elizabeth two months after Princess's
death. He claimed that he told the Queen he was keeping some of the
Princess's possessions and now claims he is scared of the veiled
threat given by the Queen)
*** "WE SACRIFICED a lot for this water. Many
people died, and many went to prison and lost their homes."
(A Lebanese villager expressing joy at his
government's decision to pump water from a spring which was occupied
by Israel for 22 years. The Wazzani Spring which has started a water
row with Israel will supply water to 60 villages)
*** "DON'T TELL me God doesn't have a sense of
(Winner of Pound Sterling 10 million Britain's
National Lottery Michael Carrol, a 19-year-old repeat offender who
wears an electronic tag because of a court-imposed curfew)
*** "IRAQ, NORTH KOREA, RUSSIA AND
(Four countries named by The Washington Post having
secret stocks of smallpox virus according to a confidential US
government intelligence review)