By Syed M. Aslam
April 07 - 13, 2003



*** "THE ENEMY we're fighting is different from the one we wargamed against."

(US Army's ground commander in Iraq Lt Gen William Wallace's commenting on the fierce resistance from the Iraqi military, paramilitary forces and ordinary people)

*** "IT HAS BEEN UNANIMOUSLY decided to boycott American and British products and traders would neither buy nor sell any product till further decision."

(Announcement made by All Pakistan Traders' Association to boycott American products in protest against the war on Iraq)

*** "THIS IS NOT just a war on Iraq. This is a war on the poor people in America."

(An expert for the California-based Institute for Food and Development Policy saying an estimated 33 million people in the US are living below the poverty line and are going hungry)

*** "WE ARE A PART of no such coalition. We are a part of a coalition for peace."

(Slovenian Prime Minister Anton Rop commenting on inclusion of the name of his nation in US war against terror mistakenly offering it a share of $ 75 billion US war budget)

*** "SUCH WAS THEIR depth and bench-strength that I feel if Australia had sent another team to the World Cup, the final could well have been played between two Australian teams."

(Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan praising performance of the World Cup Champions Australia adding that their victories will continue)



*** "THERE COMES A TIME in life when everything seems to make sense. And this is not one of those times."

(Adrien Brody expressing surprise and delight for winning Oscar Award for best actor)

*** "THE UNITED STATES no role in the ouster of Marcos whose dictatorial rule Mr Ricciardone admits, the US tolerated and which Filipinos resented."

(Philippines Senator Joker Arroyo slamming statement made by US Ambassador Francis Ricciordone comparing the ongoing US 'regime change' operation in Iraq to that which took place against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos 17 years ago)

*** "... restrictions were imposed on the press and there were official suggestions to the media about what to publish and what not to publish, using national security as a pretext."

(Head of Inter-American Press Association Rafael Molina accusing the US government of clamping down on the media)

*** "ONE CANNOT advance the law while at the same time bypassing it."

(French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin rejecting the use of unilateral force in Iraq to ensure respect for human rights)

*** "I AM STILL THE HITLER of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people, and their right to their resources."

(Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe comparing himself to Hitler)

*** "ADVICE TO INDIA about resumption dialogue with Pakistan ... was just as gratuitous and misplaced as we asking them to open a dialogue with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussain."



(Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha haughtily rejecting US advice to resume dialogue with Pakistan)

*** "31-17"

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

*** "I WAS OF NO USE to anybody. I couldn't get married again as my caste doesn't allow it."

(Seventy-five-year-old Indian woman Bokul Mala who was married at five and widowed just three days later, chanting Hindu hymns in a temple earning five rupees (10 cents) a day. Shunned by relatives and ostracized by the society. She is one of around 15,000 desperately poor widows in north Indian who has become a Dasi, or a servant of gods, to endure her existence)