By Syed M. Aslam
Sep 22 - 28, 2003 



*** "WE NEED modern weapons. We need tanks, battleships, fighter planes, knowledge of rockets... Would the United States attack China? It will not... because if you do that, you are going to face a very big problem."

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad asking the Muslims to acquire new technologies to 'strike fear into the hearts of our enemies'. He was speaking at an international conference of young Muslim leaders held in Kuala Lumpur)

*** "2Js, F, Q and Z"

(Five factions of the Pakistan Muslim League party which have announced to merge to form a single party)

*** "WE'VE HAD NO EVIDENCE that Saddam Hussain was involved with Sept 11."

(US President George W. Bush conceding for the first time that ousted Iraqi President had nothing to do with the September 11, 2001 terror attacks)

*** "I THINK it is understandable against the background of the man that they did so... But in the Middle Ages, when people were convinced there were witches, when they looked for them, they certainly found them."

(Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix reiterating his stand that the US-led invasion of Iraq was not justified though the US and Britain were 'convinced' that Saddam was developing biological and nuclear weapons)

*** "THE INTERNATIONAL SILENCE will not make us weak. We do not care about any resolution here or there and we are stronger than any decision."

(Palestinian President Yasser Arafat dismissing the blocking of a UN vote which condemned Israeli plans for his 'removal' ejecting him into exile or even his assassination)

*** "THE STATES which are suppressing the right of peoples to self-determination in the Middle East and South Asia are now joining together in what is advertised as an alliance against terrorism but which is more likely to emerge as an axis of oppression."



(Pakistan ambassador to the UN Munir Akram denouncing terrorism in all its form, including state terrorism, but warning that denying self-determination to peoples around the world may turn it into 'an axis of oppression.' He was speaking at the Security Council following the US veto of the Palestinian resolution)

*** "I THINK our American colleagues understand very well that it is pointless to put pressure on us."

(Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak warning the US not to pressure it over its nuclear links with Iran as the top American arms control official arrived in Moscow to discuss fresh US charges of Russian arms deliveries to Tehran)

*** "175 million"

(Number of people living as refugees in the world, a figure which has doubled since 1975, according to a report launched by Pakistan Red Crescent Society)

*** "YES [he was a benign leader]. MUSSOLINI never killed anyone. Mussolini sent people on holiday in internal exile."

(Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saying that the country's notorious Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was a "benevolent" leader who had never killed anyone. According to one biographer of Mussolini at least one million people died as a a result of his 20-year rule)

*** "AT LEAST 223 bird, 140 mammal and 346 amphibian species threatened with extinction have no protection whatsoever over any part of their ranges... scientists expect a major wave of extinctions within the next few decades."

(Over 700 unprotected endangered animal species feared to be extinct within new few decades if not provided with protection areas immediately according to a study conducted jointly by World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Centre for Applied Biodiversity Science and unveiled at the 5th World Parks Congress in South Africa)

*** "EVEN THOUGH the United States has a physical presence in the countries that surround us, the reality is that the US is in fact surrounded by Iran."

(Iran's powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani saying that while the US seeks to surround his country it has instead encircled by it)