*** "AS WE MONITOR the hiss of snakes and bark
of dogs accompanied by continued aggression in the north and south of
the country, we act with the confidence of the assured whose actions are
not hurried or confused."
(Iraqi President Saddam Hussain dismissing US threats
to disarm Iraq as 'clamour, commotion and hysteria'. He was addressing
the people to mark the Army Day)
(Number of people worldwide who have registered
themselves as volunteers to be used as 'human shields' against a
possible US-led invasion of Iraq)
*** "I READ all of Franz Kafka when I was 19 and
20, but I only understand him now. He accurately intuited that all power
is essentially implacable and malign."
(Editor-in-chief of feted Indian investigative news
website tahelka.com, Tarun Tejpal, blaming the high pressure tactics for
the closure of the website for exposing corruption at the highest levels
of the government)
*** "I AM CONCERNED that such a position does
not provide the basis for a sound, long term policy for India to deal
with its neighbours."
(Senior US envoy Richard Haass strongly disapproving
India's hostile stance against Pakistan during his New Delhi visit)
*** "THE SYSTEM of selection of carving out the
responsibility of fighting for America is inequitable... I say, give the
rich a chance [in the war]."
(New York Democratic Representative Charles Angel,
who staunch opposes against invasion of Iraq, announcing to introduce
legislation for an all-inclusive military draft to ensure all Americans
including the rich so that they can also feel the 'pain and sacrifice')
*** "A LITTLE GESTURE against US imperialism and
(Tunisian-born French Muslim entrepreneur Tawfik
Mathlouthi explaining the reason for launching soft drink 'Mecca-Cola'
which has set sales record selling over 2 million 1.5-litre bottles in
*** "TO DATE, no evidence of ongoing prohibited
nuclear or nuclear-related activities has been detected ..."
(Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency
informing the UN Security Council that the Weapons Inspection teams had
not found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq)
*** "THERE ARE A LOT of Americans who also feel
that a lot of this (war talk) is economic. Part of this has to do with
(Top American film director Martin Scorsese opposing
possible US-led war on Iraq)
*** "IT DOES NOT appear to be a strategy which
can succeed in the long term."
(Former British air chief Sir Timothy Garden accusing
Nato alliance of floundering nuclear policy by showing willingness to
use nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear assault and relying on 'magic'
umbrella of missile defence system)
*** "WE HAVE no such policy. There is no
question of allowing any hot pursuit into the country."
(Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat rejecting US
claims that it was permitted to enter Pakistan's territory in pursuit of
*** "20-40 million"
(Number of female foetus aborted in India during
*** "I'VE ALWAYS found that underserved success
gives one much more pleasure than something for which one feels entitled
us take some credit."
(Britain's prime minister in 1959, Harold Macmillan,
summing up the success of his meeting with French President Charles De
Gaulle and US president Dwight Einsenhower in confidential letter to the
British Queen in 1959. The letter was released for the first time by the
Public Record Office recently)
*** "SANCTIONS MEAN A WAR and the war knows no
mercy. The US should opt for dialogue with the DPRK, not for war,
clearly aware that it will have to pay a very high price for such
(North Korean KCNA news agency asking the US to sit
down and talk instead of trying to impose economic sanctions over the
country's nuclear programme)