*** "82 million"
(Daily circulation of newspapers in China making its
people the world's leading newspaper buyers)
*** "BILL'S STANDING in public opinion polls
remained high. His standing with me had hit rock bottom... As a wife, I
wanted to wring Bill's neck."
(Former First Lady and now a US Senator Hillary
Rodham Clinton expressing her feelings about her husband's infidelity
during his stay at the White House in her memoir, Living History)
*** "WE HAVE AN ENEMY, for all its crudeness,
that keeps adapting, keeps looking for our weaknesses, to try to exploit
(US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz calling
for exploiting weaknesses of 'enemy' North Korea and matching it with
*** "THE LOSS of $10 billion to Pakistan for its
cooperation with the U.S. coalition in the war against terrorism in
Afghanistan ... is totally baseless and unfounded."
(Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz rejecting contents of
a report prepared by the US military which said that Pakistan's economy
lost an estimated $ 10 billion during the Afghan war due to adverse
impact on tourism, exports and foreign investment)
*** "WHY, in the land of the free, should 2
million men, women and children be locked up?"
(Director of International Centre for Prison Studies
at the University of London, Andrew Coyle, commenting on a record 2
million people locked up in American jails and prisons)
*** "IT IS EXTRAORDINARY serious when you feel
that you have been fed a lie for ulterior motives by the highest levels
(Britain's former International Development Secretary
Claire Short accusing Prime Minister Tony Blair of 'duping' the nation
over Iraq's WMDs to drive his country to war against Saddam Hussain. She
resigned from the cabinet on the 12th of last month)
*** "IF YOUR prime minister recognises there is
occupation, what do you expect people under occupation to do? To
(Marwan Barghouti, leader of Palestinian uprising
against the Jewish occupation, using Israeli prime minister Ariel
Sharon's words to justify his actions refusing to recognise the Israeli
court which is hearing his case)
*** "I AM THINKING of thanking them for making
me a celebrity; I am now known by most Americans... What [However]
really upset me was the defamation of my country, France."
(French defence minister Michele Alliot Marie
jokingly commenting about frequent personal attacks on her in the US
media for her country's opposition to Iraq war)
*** "1.5 million"
(Number of Iraqis killed due directly to economic
sanctions over nearly 13 years ended this year according to statistics
compiled by UN aid agencies)
*** "THIS IS SOMETHING I really wanted, so that
one day when my kids look back, they will say look what great-grandma
did. They will say, 'If she did it at that age, I can do it too."
(Ninety-seven-year old great grandmother Gustava
Bennett-Burrus expressing her joy for getting a high school diploma from
a school in California)
*** ".... We were simply obeying their orders...
It is very unfair on the part of such senior leaders like Advani to have
a separate case going in a separate court while we are facing the brunt
of the legal proceedings."
(One of the five militant Hindu activists accused
with the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992
saying that they were simply following orders given by Deputy Prime
Minister L.K. Advani)
*** "HOW CAN EUROPEANS complain about American
unilateralism when they don't have the military capability to be a
strong partner? Only a Europe that is strong militarily will be listened
to in Washington."
(Secretary General of Nato George Robertson
criticising European members of the alliance for low defence budget)