By Syed M. Aslam
May 19 - 25, 2003



*** "LEADERS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN are certain to win the Nobel Peace Prize if they succeed in implementing their new resolve to live in harmony."

(Former US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs during the Clinton administration tempting leaders of the two nuclear foes to resolve their differences peacefully)

*** "YOU WON'T DIE. You should try it at least once... a lifetime experience."

(Nathu, a vendor offering trendy elites bored with mundane drugs stings from live scorpion to in wealthy Indian western state of Gujarat. Stalls have been put under trees and keep a number of scorpions and a session costs between Rs 150-200)

*** "GEN FRANKS is responsible as commander-in-chief for the way some of his men acted on the ground: for instance the use of cluster bombs on civilian areas is a war crime."

(Jan Fermon, lawyer who has filed a lawsuit representing 17 Iraqis and 2 Jordanian in a Belgian court charging commander of coalition forces Gen Tommy Franks of war crimes in Iraq)

*** "IT'S LOOKED UPON by the US government as a very very serious situation... It is serious and it could clearly have an impact on where we gather."

(Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Richard Myers saying that lawsuits filed in Belgium against US officials for alleged war crimes could have impact on their travel arrangements)



*** "AS JOURNALISTS we will not submit to censorship."

(Canadian documentary maker Dan North advising Iraqis working for the US-sponsored Iraqi television news network not to accept censorship imposed by the US. The network said that attempts were made to stop it airing passages from the Muslim holy scripture- the Qura'an)

*** "SOME ARE PRESCRIBING surrender to the US adventures, but surrender to the enemy is no remedy... since that would do nothing but to reinforce his morale, and make him more and more adventurous."

(Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warning that a thaw in relations with the US would tantamount to surrender)

*** "400 tons"

(Quantity of mustard gas destroyed by Russia, world's largest possessor of the chemical weapon. Russia possesses over 40,000 tons of various deadly chemical agents)

*** "AS A COUNTRY, we need to ask whether increased spending means more resources for patients or simply higher earnings for health care providers."

(Main author of study conducted by Johns Hopkins Bllomberg School of Public Health, Gerard Anderson, saying that the US ranks first in health costs but not in care)

*** "IT'S ABOUT all the animals that played a variety of roles in war."

(Spokeswoman of Australian branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals commenting on the US$ 214,000 memorial to be built for hundreds of horses, donkeys, dogs, pigeons and other animals which died fighting for their country's wars)

*** "THE INTERNET is so much a part of everyday life now that surfing on the loo was the next natural step."



(Marketing manager of Microsoft Corp's internet arm MSN, Tracy Blacher, announcing the plans to unveil the world's first portable toilet with Internet access this summer in London. The converted lavatory will be equipped with wireless keyboard, plasma screen and quick Internet access)

*** "I SEE NO DIFFERENCE between the invasion of Iraq and the invasion of Poland in 1939."

(Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter comparing the invasion of Iaq to Hitler's invasion of Poland saying that both the invasions were based on an artificial argument of self-defence)

*** "24,000"

(Number of brains of thousands and handicapped people illegally removed after their deaths by doctors in British hospitals. The brains were given to researchers without the consent of the families over a period of 30 years between 1970 and 2000)