By Syed M. Aslam
April 14 - 20, 2003



*** "IT IS A FIT CASE... because it has weapons of mass destruction, sheltered terrorists and lacked democracy."

(Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha vehemently calling Pakistan 'a fit case for Iraqi style military action by the US')

*** "PEOPLE SAY TO ME, 'You are not the Vietnamese. You have no jungles and swamps to hide in.' I reply, "Let our cities be our swamps and our buildings be our jungles.'"

(Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz explaining the war strategy against the US-led invasion)

*** "108,000"

(Number of jobs slashed by US companies in March amidst the launching of Iraq invasion)

*** "THE MILITARY COERCES people into killing. I may not be a hero but I know it takes courage to disobey. This war is very immoral because of the deception involved by our leaders. It is very hypocritical."

(Lance Corporal Stephen Eagle Funk, a reservist in the US Marine Corps, refusing to serve in the Iraq war. He surrendered to military officials after more than a month of absence)

*** "THIS BATTLE was only supposed to last six hours. We were fighting five days straight, 24 hours a day."

(Wounded US Gunnery Sergeant Bill Hale talking about unexpected fierce resistance by the Iraqis after being flown to Germany for treatment)

*** "I COULD HAVE myself made 15 million riyals in commissions, but life is not only about money. This is a dirty war and we will not take part in it."



(Saudi contractor Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijiri refusing a 240.5 million riyal, $ 64 million) deal to provide 1,300 trucks to the US army)

*** "moral...political... strategic"

("Triple mistakes" made by the US by starting a war in Iraq according to French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin)

*** "I REALLY DO BELIEVE we will be greeted as liberators."

(US Vice President Dick Cheney's assessment of the Iraqi way three days before it begun)

*** "I HAVE ALREADY had my fill of this bloody and unnecessary war. I want our troops home and I want them home before more of them are killed."

(Former British foreign secretary Robin Cook, the most senior in a series of resignations from Prime Minister Tony Blair's government over the Iraqi war, calling for pulling out British troops from Iraq)

*** "WE GOT a great advertising gift for our weapons in Iraq."

(Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov saying that the stiff Iraqi resistance against US and Britsih troops has opened up market opportunities for Russian weapons used by Baghdad's forces)

*** "THE IRAQI WAR shows that to allow disarming through inspection does not help avert war but rather sparks it. This suggests that even the signing of a non-aggression treaty with the US would not help avert a war."

(Statement issued by North Korean Foreign Ministry saying that only a 'tremendous military deterrent force' could avert a war with the US)

*** "AMERICA MUST STOP giving away citizenship like AOL hours."

(Republican Congressman Mark Foley commenting on a proposed constitutional amendment redefining American citizenship requirement)

*** "THE AMERICAN INVASION forces are deliberately attacking journalists. The air strikes and murder of journalists clearly show that the American and British invasion forces are looking to prevent the press from carrying out its duties."

(Statement issued by the Arab Journalists' Union after three newsmen were killed in US attack)

*** "WE WANT YOU NERVOUS... IRAQ can be seen as the first battle for the fourth world war... Only fear will re-establish respect for the US..."

(Former director of CIA R. James Woolsey advocating the use of overwhelming military power and 'democratic ideals' by the US to transform the Arab world telling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi monarchy that it 'needs to be nervous')