*** "WHY DOES THE UNITED STATES behave so
arrogantly? Their friend Israel has got weapons of mass destruction but
because it's their ally they don't ask the United Nations to get rid of
them... All Bush wants is Iraqi oil."
(Former South African president Nelson Mandela's
saying that US President George W. Bush 'can't think properly' and
calling British Prime Minister Tony Blair 'the US foreign minister' in a
criticism of London's close alliance with Washington over Iraq)
*** "YILDIRIM SAID that garlic was good for the
heart and had a tranquilizing effect."
(Spokesperson for the US embassy in Turkey commenting
on the sending of garlic to President Bush by opposition member of
parliament Mehmet Yildirim)
*** "BOTH AT HOME and overseas, we need policies
that unite, not divide."
(Democratic US Senator Edward Kennedy accusing the
Bush administration of dividing America from issues ranging from Iraq to
*** "THE PRE-EMPTIVE attack is not something
only the United States can do. We can also do that when it is a matter
of life or death."
(North Korean foreign ministry spokesman warning the
US with pre-emptive strike if Washington sent additional forces to the
*** "THE GOVERNMENT has not stopped its public
spending despite the rising tone of war language."
(An Iraqi official commenting on huge allocations for
public projects amidst talks of war by the US-led war)
*** "THE US REFUSAL TO join the International
Criminal Court will not permit its leaders to escape trial before a
world court and other international tribunals on war crimes
(Legal expert and President of Conscience
International James E. Jennings warning the US and its allies could be
prosecuted for attacking Iraq without the UN sanction)
*** "THE US was the first to have nuclear
weapons and emerged as the world's largest possessor of weapons of mass
destruction... This is the height of shamelessness."
(Spokesman of North Korean foreign ministry calling
US President Bush's State of the Union address as an "undisguised
declaration of aggression")
*** "IT OCCURS to me, on second thought, that
participating in such sessions with the president is to condone Bush's
terrorism of demonic proportions around the globe."
(Renowned Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt refusing
an invitation to attend the 51st National Prayer meeting with US
President George W. Bush in Washington)
*** "I FIND IT ALARMING that all the campaigning
for Oscars is getting like a political campaign."
(Two-time Oscar Award winning US actress Meryl Streep
scorning the movie industry's most celebrated event saying she found the
quest for the awards distasteful)
*** "...YOU THINK they are going to simply
satisfy themselves with annihilating 37,000 Americans on the
demilitarized zone? No. You think they're going to satisfy themselves
with annihilating Seoul? No. They won't be satisfied until Tokyo is
reduced to a slab of radioactive waste."
(Former chief UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter
warning that a war in Iraq could provoke North Korea causing grave
danger to Japan)
*** "WE DON'T want foreign culture to have too
much influence on Thai people."
(Governor of Thai capital of Bangkok, Samak
Sundaravej instructing the city authorities to avoid promoting
Valentine's day restricting it to just one district)
*** "THERE IS A 100 per cent certainty that
Blair will be investigated by the ICC for war crimes if he attacks
(Spokesman of a group of British lawyers, Phil
Shiner, aiming to prosecute Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes at
the new International Criminal Court if Iraq war goes ahead)
*** "I THINK Mr Powell presented proof on arms
and arms programmes which Iraq had, I mean we're talking about
programmes from the 1990s."
(An expert at Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute, Jean-Pascal Zanders, calling the information presented by US
Secretary of State Colin Powell outdated)