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PROFILE ASLAM AWAN
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY NAB: A PERFORMANCE REVIEW
SOCIETY 1- FOOD PRODUCTION POTENTIAL IN THE COUNTRY
2- CHOOSING FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Mar 10 - 16, 2003
 

 

 

*** "IF YOU DON'T know if it's going to last six days, six weeks or six months, how in the world are you going to come up with a cost estimate."

(US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's reply to Democrats' complaint that the White House was not offering cost of Iraq war saying that 'war with Iraq has so many variables that estimating its cost is impossible)

*** "GANDHI, WE ARE ashamed your assassins are still alive."

(Slogans chanted by opposition Congress Party members boycotting the unveiling of the portrait of a Hindu nationalist leader in the Indian parliament by President Abdul Kalam)

*** "HE MAKES YOU THINK of those young brawlers forever looking for a fight."

(Curtis Roosevelt, grandson of America's great wartime president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, calling President George W. Bush a bully)

*** "REPUBLICANS THINK this is America's war but Democrats more and more see it as Bush's war and they are getting more energized and more angry."

 

 

(US pollster Jennifer Laszlo commenting on growing anti-war protests in the country)

*** "WE HAVE hundreds of thousands of calls and faxes that we know are going in. It's a first-of-its-kind protest and a tremendous success already."

(Former Democratic representative and coordinator of coalition of anti-war protest groups, Tom Andrews, commenting on the success of 'virtual march which jammed telephone lines of US law-makers)

*** "IF THE US IMPERIALISTS ignite war on the Korean peninsula, the war will turn into a nuclear war...the Koreans in the North and South and the people in Asia and the rest of the world will suffer horrifying nuclear disasters."

(North Korea's ruling Workers Party newspaper accusing the US intelligence of staging a secret drill for pre-emotive strike on its nuclear facilities and warning about horrifying consequences that such aggression would bring)

*** "WE ARE ALL IRAQIS."

(Armbands worn by the majority of thousands of Moroccans anti-war protestors denouncing the US policies in Casablanca)

 

*** "THE DEBATE has not been about Iraq. There is real angst in the world about our power, and what they perceive as the rawness, the arrogance, the unipolarity."

 

 

(Unnamed official of the US State Department commenting on massive anti-war protests across the world)

*** "24,000"

(Number of people dying daily of hunger in the world according to the head of the World Food Programme James Morris. Over 800 million people in the world are also suffering from chronic hunger, he said)

*** "THE PEOPLE'S DISAFFECTION with them left no doubt that these Western-influenced groups, which are indifferent to the people's demands, have neared the sunset of their lives."

(Iranian Daily 'Kayhan' commenting on worst electoral defeat of the 'reformists' in last six years in the local council elections showing growing disillusionment with them)

*** "THE MAJORITY do not think it is time to go to war...This [is] a very defining moment for the Security Council."

(French Ambassador to the UN Jean-Marc de La Sabliere claiming that most of UN Security Council members favour solving the Iraq crisis by peaceful means)

*** "25 organisations and 140 individuals"

(Record number of 165 candidates nominated for prestigious Nobel Peace Prize this year including French President Jacques Chirac)

*** "IT'S NOT DIRTY TRICKS... under government accords, the NSA doesn't spy on the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All other countries are considered legitimate targets."

(A fellow at a private research group on intelligence in the US downplaying bugging of members of United Nations Security Council)

*** "ON THE WHOLE, the events of September 11 cost Pakistan about $ 2 billion."

(Former finance minister and financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, informing the parliament of the financial impact of Afghan war)