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FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
June 09 - 15, 2003 

 

 

*** "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 country)

*** "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 type."

(Legendary entertainer Bob Hope wisecracking on his 100th birthday)

*** "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 Iraq war)