*** "$ 19 billion"
(Award awarded to Airbus and Boeing by Emirates
airlines for 71 aircraft. The deal is the biggest order in the global
*** "MULTIPOLRAITY was never a unifying idea or
vision... it was a necessary evil that sustained the essence of war but
did not promote peace. Multipolarity is a theory of rivalry, of
competing interests and, at its worst, of competing values."
(US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice
dismissing French President Jacques Chirac's concept of a multipolar
*** "WHO DO YOU really represent? Who paid for
your trip to the United Nations?"
(Grilling questions asked by a group of UN
correspondents to US-backed Iraqi officials who flew into New York to
plead their case for international development aid)
*** "HE SAID we had accused him and the prime
minister of lying. That's not true. We haven't. He said the BBC had an
anti-war agenda. That's untrue... Finally he said we've not apologised.
Well, that is true — because we have nothing to apologize for."
(Director of News of the BBC, Richard Sambrook
rejecting demands made by Prime Minister Tony Blair's powerful director
of communications, Alistair Campbell, to apologize for its reporting on
the Iraq war and weapons of mass destruction)
*** "THE BOTTOM LINE is that these rules do not
guarantee a fair trial... The eyes of the world will be on these trials,
and that's why they have to meet fundamental due process. It's crucial
that they be seen as fair."
(Two major US human rights groups, Human Rights Watch
and Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, expressing concerns that
Pentagon's plans to try detainees of Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere on
terrorism charges and war crimes fall far short of minimum international
due process standards)
*** "IS THE UNITED NATIONS on a different
planet? Are reports from here totally unread south of the Hudson?"
(Chief UN weapons inspector for Iraq, Hans Blix,
expressing 'amazement' that Washington and London expected to find large
quantities of WMDs in Iraq which UN inspectors were unable to find)
*** "THEY ARE VERY CLEVER, brave and have an
insatiable curiosity. Unfortunately they are also very greedy and like
to take forcibly the territories and rights of other people... The
culture and the values which they will force us to accept will be
hedonism, unlimited quest for pleasure, the satisfaction of base
desires... Do not think we will not be targeted."
(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad accusing
the Europeans of warmongering, indiscriminate attacks on Muslims, greed
*** "THIS IS JUST the beginning, the tip of the
iceberg. The involvement of five big corporate hospitals, government
officials and doctors is being investigated."
(Additional Police Commissioner of the southern
Indian state of Andhra Pradesh commenting on the arrest of 6 'brokers'
for buying kidneys from the poor for paltry sums and selling them to
rich patients requiring transplant)
*** "NINETY-EIGHT PERCENT of crimes can be
tried, but there remain two percent that justice cannot settle. They are
called state secrets... Be careful. The state has guardians for its
secret. They are not gentle."
(France best-known corruption-hunter and crusading
magistrate Eva Joly describing how intelligence agencies discourage
investigation describing a visit by a man who warned her not to dig case
too deep. A book denouncing corruption in the highest echelons of the
French state penned by Eva has been barred from publication)
*** "$ 426,640 a day"
(Fund vowed to be raised by US President George W.
Bush every day, seven days a week from now till November 2004 for his
re-election. He has stated to set a goal to collect between $ 150-170
million for his re-election campaign)