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PROFILE ALI ANSARI
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY IRAQ WAR AND ITS IMPACT
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY INTEL LAUNCHES INTEL® CENTRINO (TM) MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 1- ERP & DW DEADLY COMBINATION TO SUCCESS
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THE DAWN OF DIGITAL DECADE

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Mar 24 - 30, 2003
 

 

 

*** "AS FAR AS I'M concerned, Iraq is certainly not an immediate danger to anybody... It's the stability of the world that you are endangering."

(French President Jacques Chirac rejecting the ultimatum given to Iraq by the US President Bush)

*** "THOSE WHO DECIDE that all peaceful means that international law makes available are exhausted assume a grave responsibility before God, their conscience and history."

(Vatican spokesman saying that countries backing war on Iraq without the global consensus must take responsibility before God thus making clear that the Pope do not endorse their actions)

*** "I THINK there are still some gentlemen in the game."

(Member of Sri Lankan World Cup Cricket squad, Arvind de Silva, commenting on top Australian batsman Adam Gilchrist giving himself out even though the umpire had turned down his appeal)

*** "EVERYBODY has their theories as to why we've done well. But to us it's no fairytale. We've worked hard for this and now that's paying dividends."

(Skipper of Kenyan World Cup cricket team Steve Tikolo commenting on the performance for reaching the semi-final round)

*** "IN OTHER WORDS, he wants to occupy Iraq for free, without a single shot being fired. This is an illusion, of course."

(Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz rejecting US President Bush's 48-hour ultimatum to President Saddam Hussain to leave the country in a press conference during which he also denied rumours about his defection)

 

 

*** "43 per cent"

(Findings of poll showing that most Russians, 43 per cent, believe that a woman's place is in the home, a far cry from the Soviet-era view that her place was in the factory floor or behind the wheel of a tractor)

*** "TO ALL THOSE who feel that it is necessary to tap our phones, we say that Europe is a very transparent organization... they shouldn't go to such lengths to try to find out information."

(Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, whose country currently holds the presidency of the European union, condemning the discovery of illicit phone taps at EU's headquarters in Brussel, Belgium)

*** "I THINK he has left not only Americans but the world down by not being a statesman as people expect of someone who is president of a superpower."

(Canadian Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal saying that US President had failed to act as a statesman)

*** "JOHN PAUL II used words and gestures bordering on a diplomatic incident... [he] raised his voice, pointed an accusing finger at the two of them, and even banged his fist on the table."

(News published in Italian daily Europa saying that the Pope lost his temper with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi in recent discussions at the Vatican on war in Iraq)

*** "WHAT'S THE DIFFILCULTY of the government in saying the present stand of the U.S. is not justified...when U.S. allies, including Nato countries, are openly opposing it?"

(Senior Communist party opposition lawmaker Somnath Chatterjee slamming the government for its silence over Iraq war saying the country was becoming subservient to the US)

*** "IF IT WERE NOT for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this."

(US Congressman belonging to ruling Democratic Party, James Moran, accusing the Jews for pushing for war in Iraq while addressing an anti-war forum outside Washington)

*** "DON'T EXPECT the people of this region to receive you with flowers and perfume."

(Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah commenting on remarks made by US officials that Iraqi citizens would welcome the US invasion to topple President Saddam Hussain)

*** "31-17"

(Number of votes cast in New York City Council to pass a resolution opposing war in Iraq)