By Syed M.Aslam
Dec 31, 2001 - Jan 06, 2002
*** "SOMEDAY Microsoft will go out of
business, it's only a question of time. Will it happen in my lifetime
... I wake up every day working hard to reduce the probability.
Companies are mortal."
(Founder of Microsoft and world's richest man, Bill
Gates, frankly admitting the vulnerability of multi-billion dollar
*** "HAPPY NEW YEAR ... Christmas.exe."
(A newly discovered computer virus and its
attachment popping up in the US and Europe which can destroy personal
*** "WASHINGTON IS AGAINST the
deployment of a UN peace keeping force in the occupied territories but
insists on forces in Afghanistan even without UN supervision."
(Iranian newspaper 'Iran News' condemning US'
double standard policy in vetoing a UN Security Council resolution for
deployment of UN peace keepers in Israeli-occupied territories)
*** "HE WHO DEPRIVES his people of the
elements which make up their strength can only negotiate on the basis
of the enemy's conditions."
(Islamic resistance movement Hezbollah vowing not
to abandon fighting against Israel's occupation of Palestine despite
*** "INDIA HAS STEPPED UP its attempts
against Pakistan at diplomatic level, but it will have to eat a humble
pie this time as well ... The struggle of the Kashmiri people is a
liberation struggle in letter and spirit. The sacrifice of their blood
would bear fruit."
(US Congressman Major Owens holding India
responsible for the current crisis in the Indo-Pak subcontinent and
asking it to adopt sane attitude)
*** "IF THE US launches similar
tyrannical attacks again, we will launch an armed struggle against
Hamid Karzai's government."
(Head of Zardan tribe in eastern Afghani province
of Paktia, Gulab Din, threatening to launch war against the interim
setup if US jets launched another attack on his area. He was alluding
to a US attack on a convoy killed 65 people last week)
*** "THE UNITED STATES has already said
it has no intention of keeping its military base on Central Asian
territory ... We hope that the United States will act
(Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov reminding the
US of honouring its promise of withdrawing forces from Central Asia
once it wraps up the campaign in Afghanistan)
*** "THE ARGENTINE state will suspend
the payment of foreign debt. This is not a rejection ... but rather
the first move by a rational government to deal with the foreign debt
(Argentine's interim president, Adolfo Rodriguez
Saa, announcing to suspend payments on crippling public debt which
resulted in bloody riots that toppled the previous government)
*** "... about 90 per cent appeared to
offer a saccharine-coated version of events that is, by and large,
aligned with the Israeli camp. I think, therefore, the American public
is being ill-served."
(Senior editor of the BBC, Steve Williams,
criticizing the US for its public display of undisguised patriotism
and unabashed backing of Israel with least regard to professional
*** "WE BHATI men don't produce
daughters ... They are a burden and best killed off early ... I will
only love it if it is a boy."
(Male and female members of Bhati community in
Indian state of Rajasthan justifying the abhorring practice of killing
off baby daughters)
*** "PEOPLE CAN'T BE MADE to think the
same way. When we have an idea and other say it is not right, they
have the right to say so."
(Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej publicly
scolding Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for following a policy of
intimidation and lack of tolerance for criticism)
*** "MANY PEOPLE perceive me as a
snob... so I want to lessen my being brutally frank and to have
(Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
making public her resolution for the Year 2002 promising to her temper
in check when dealing with the press)
*** "THE NEW POET LAUREATE will write
poetry, especially for use in parliament on occasions of state,
sponsor poetry readings, (and) give advice to the parliamentary
librarian regarding the collection of the library and acquisitions to
enrich its cultural holdings."
(Canadian Senator Jerry Graftstein explaining the
reason for the creation of the post of official poet laureate by the