By Syed M. Aslam
Dec 08 - 14, 2003 



*** "I WISH to join with those from around the world who today express the deepest solidarity with the Palestinian people in their continued suffering. They remain stateless and oppressed."

(UN Secretary General Kofi Annan delivering a message of support to the Palestinians denouncing the building of the controversial barrier by Israel that cuts into the occupied West Bank)

*** "401.3 billion"

(A record defence spending bill signed by the US President George W. Bush into law. The law would give US soldiers an average 4 per cent salary raise and also clears the way for the US Air Force to acquire 100 Boeing refuelling aircraft, expands veterans benefits and allows research on new types of nuclear weapons)

*** "REPORTS THAT SAY that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns the ones we don't know we don't know."

(US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld's 62-word attempt to clarify a point to a defence department's meeting which has helped him scooped the premier Foot In Mouth Trophy by Plain English Campaign, a British organisation promoting easy to understand English)

*** "IT'S BEEN AN OSTENTATIOUS alliance between the White House and the (Ariel) Sharon government, I think to the detriment of our nation's image and to the detriment of an eventual peace agreement."

(Former US President Jimmy Carter criticising the White House for favouring Israel and abandoning "a bipartisan commitment" to Middle East peace)

*** "2 million"

(Numbers of lives lost in workplace related accidents and occupational diseases each year in the world according to ILO's health and safety specialist Ingrid Christensen. The accidents also result in the loss of 4 per cent of the gross domestic product worldwide)

*** "IF YOU WANT SECURITY, vote for me. I have been on that side. I know how they (the bandits) operate. I can deal better with crime. The police cannot do anything."

(Former bandit and a candidate of the provincial assembly in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Malkhan Singh, asking the voters to support him)



*** "THERE IS NO ONE who is more hated than the American president and the prime minister of the Zionist regime."

(Itan's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei describing US President Geore W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as the most hated men in the Muslim world)

*** "THAT WASN'T ME. I wasn't about to take credit for something I didn't do. I am not that person."

(Jessica Lynch, US soldier and a former prisoner of war in Iraq, saying that she is disturbed by the military over dramatising her rescue by US troops and spreading false stories that she went down shooting in an Iraqi ambush)

*** "WE ARE TRYING to understand how he been able to remain so fit without food and water."

(Dr Sudhir Shah, a neurophysician and the head of a team of doctors conduction tests on 78-year-old Prahlad Jani, a resident of a village near the eastern Indian city of Ahmedabad, commenting on his reported living without food and water for 60 years)


(Chief Minister of the Indian state of Madhya Predesh Digvijay Singh replying to a question about the growing number of relatives of senior politicians who were being given election tickets)

*** "I SERVED more than seven years as a pilot. In the beginning, we were pilots who believed our country would do all it could to achieve peace... Somewhere in the last few years it became harder and harder to believe that is the case."

(Captain Alon R, one of over two dozen Israel Air Force pilots, who have been thrown out of the air force for refusing to carry out bombing on civilian targets denouncing the occupation of Palestine as immoral)