By Syed M. Aslam
Jan 27 - Feb 02, 2003



*** "FAILURE'S HARD but success is far more dangerous. If you're successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever."

(Journalist and novelist Po Bronson praising failure because "it eliminates the wrong turns on the way to the right one" in his new inspirational book 'What should I do with my life')

*** "THE FURTHER the imperialists intensify their moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK, the more dynamically its army and people turn out to successfully build a powerful nation."

(North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il warning that international pressure would not break his nation)

*** "INTERNATIONALLY, we are seeing an increasing use of what I call the T-word- terrorism- to demonize political opponents, to throttle freedom of speech and the press, and to de-legitimize legitimate political grievances."

(UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warning a top-level meeting of the Security Council that 'fight against terrorism' is putting human rights, democracy and the rule of law at risk)

*** "GEORE BUSH, we know your Daddy was a killer too!"

(Canadian protestors rejecting war against Iraq. A survey conducted by a Canadian television said that the US poses more serious threat to world peace than Osama bin Laden)

*** "WE STRONGLY OPPOSE any move by any country, however mighty it is, to remove any regime anywhere. It is no country's responsibility and it is beyond any country's authority to change any regime anywhere."



(Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha denouncing any forcible US action to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussain)

*** "A HUMAN BODY SHOP will soon be a reality, we can buy a new pancreas like we would [buy] a car fender."

(Michio Kaku, a professor at City University of New York, talking about the reality of mass production and availability of complex human organs like liver and pancreas in the market soon)

*** "ALL THIS TALK of war, all this rhetoric has been an excellent cover, an excellent camouflage, to turn back the clock on civil rights, on social justice and on environmental policies."

(US actress Jessica Lange addressing the huge anti-war crowd in central Washington calling the imminent war on Iraq as immoral)

*** "NEVER, NEVER will I leave my country... We would rather live as beggars in our country than live as kings abroad."

(Iraqi scientist Faleh Hassan accusing UN arms inspectors of using 'mafia-like' tactics to lure him abroad for interrogation on the pretext of offering treatment to his ailing wife)

*** "A TURKISH PARLIAMENT speaker will not attend an ambassador's lunch if the latter has not first paid him a visit."

(Speaker of Turkish parliament Bulent Arinc turning down an invitation from US ambassador Robert Pearson to discuss Iraq crisis. He said he had refused the offer because Pearson had failed to pay him a courtesy call when he was appointed as speaker last November)

*** "62"

(Number of shops and stalls owned by Palestinians razed by Israeli forces in a single day in occupied West Bank's village)

*** "... We see this in Western countries, in the United States, in European countries. But what we also see around the world now is many countries which had very repressive policies, or which had a record of serious human rights abuses, now justifying those abuses in the name of the fight against terror."

(Head of human rights group Amnesty International, Irene Khan, saying that respect for human rights had eroded since 9/11 and governments around the world are using 'war against terror' as an excuse for domestic repression)



*** "THEY ASKED QUESTIONS about the size of mosque and even the number of worshippers at Friday prayers because the United States is afraid of the number of Friday worshippers."

(Imam of a Baghdad mosque expressing surprise at the non-relevant questions raised by the five UN inspectors during their search of the mosque)