*** "FOR BUREAUCRATIC reasons we settled on one
issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason
everyone could agree on."
(US deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz saying
that the US invaded Iraq not for WMDs but because it wanted to remove
its troops from Saudi Arabia)
*** "THE G8 is undemocratic, the heads of
government of those countries don't represent the world, and therefore
shouldn't be talking of world affairs in the way they do."
(Leader of French NGO 'Alternative Farmers', Josi
Bovi, denouncing the G8 summit in Evian, France. Numerous NGOs are
holding a summit in nearby Annemasse against the widening gulf between
rich and poor saying that the G8 in interested in increasing the power
of private corporate interests)
*** "WE HAVE PROPOSED to construct small
chambers for smoking so that they can remain in their chambers and
continue harming themselves and not others."
(Indian Health Minister Sushma Swaraj announcing
plans to declare upper and lower houses, including main lobby and
central halls, as non-smoking areas and constructing 'smoking dens' for
parliamentarians who smoke)
*** "TO DATE, you have offered no explanation as
to why you and your most senior advisers made repeated allegations based
on forged documents."
(Democratic US Congressman Henry Waxman accusing the
Bush administration of using forged documents to win support for war in
Iraq in a letter addressed to the White House)
*** "IT SEEMS that the terrorism the United
States wants to fight is the suicide operations against Israeli
occupation, but not the crimes of the occupiers."
(Syrian state-run radio criticizing the US' roadmap
to peace in the Middle East at a summit with Arab leaders in Egypt)
*** "ILLEGIMITATE AND ILLEGAL... I DIDN'T
approve of it and I still don't approve of it... One can possibly make
war alone, but one cannot make peace alone."
(French President Jacques Chirac reiterating his
opposition to the Iraq war and warning the US and demanding that UN
should allowed to play the major role in maintaining peace in Iraq. He
was talking to reporters after a three-day G8 summit hosted by his
*** "RATHER THAN be a burden to you or the
agency, I feel it is in everyone's interest if I step aside now."
(Chairman of US Securities and Exchange Commission
Harvey L. Pitt on his decision to resign) source Majyd Aziz via e-mail
*** THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY is all about. I'll stay up
all noght if I have to, but I'm not going to sleep until I know if this
is all over or not."
(Brazilian Norma de Almeida Gomes after casting her
vote in the elections) source Majyd Aziz via e-mail
*** "2 billion"
(Figure representing a third of the humanity
"dying for the water" according to the UN. The Secretary
General of the UN Kofi Annan has said 'water-related diseases kill a
child every eight second in the world)
*** "I'M SO OLD that they've cancelled my blood
(Legendary entertainer Bob Hope wisecracking on his
*** "IF I COME to your house riding on a tank,
and take over your oil, and take over your money, and tell you that you
need my permission to do any thing, then is this justice?"
(Head of powerful Iraqi political group Centre for
Public Islam, Hassan Grebawy, announcing to start radio and television
broadcasts which he says 'will not be friendly towards the US presence')
*** "2,000 tons"
(Quantity of depleted uranaium used by the US in Iraq
as reported by a nuclear research group in the US — the Nuclear Policy
Research Institute. The substance is linked to cancer)
*** "NO, NO. No sanctions — I'm not mad. I
mean, I'm disappointed, and the American people are disappointed. But
now is the time to move forward."
(US President George W. Bush rejecting sanctions
against France despite being 'disappointed' by Paris' opposition to the