By Syed M. Aslam
Dec 29 - Jan 04, 2003 



*** "I HEARD the US president has said the world is better without Saddam. I want to tell him that the world will be even better without Bush and Sharon."

(Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei commenting on US President George W. Bush's remark on the capture of former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussain)

*** "WE THINK it is constructive to relinquish the demand for a referendum on the status of Kashmir."

(Spokesman of US State Department welcoming the proposal by President Pervez Musharraf for giving up the demand for referendum in Kashmir)

*** "I'M PAST getting fed up with it. If anything, it makes me uneasy because I feel I'm being over-estimated when people tell me I'm too clever by half. My feeling is I'm not clever enough."

(British writer Tom Stoppard expressing dislike for his reputation as an intellectual heavyweight, particularly about being called "clever")

*** "WE WILL NO LONGER corrupt the stamp of humanity in us through carrying out the missions of an occupation army... we have reached the boundary of oppressing another people."

(Letter written by 13 officers and reservists of Israel's top commando unit refusing to take part in military operations in the Palestinian territories)

*** "$ 1.2 million"

(Money donated by Saudi Arabian government to help renovate a large mosque in the middle of Paris)

*** "MY BERLUSCONI has two brains, one for making declarations, and the other for denying them."

(Nobel prize-winning Italian playright Fario Fo commenting on his play "The Two Headed Anamoly", which opened in Rome earlier this month. The satirical play shows Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with Russian President Vladimir Putin's brain transplanted in his body and highlights the premier's gaffes. The play will end up next year but the director of the theatre has warned that there has been pressure to shelve the play)

*** "THE THREATS of the Zionists regime hold no value for us... An attack would have serious consequences beyond the imagination of Israeli leaders."

(Iranian Air Force General Seyed Reza Pardis warning Israel against threats made by it to attack its nuclear sites)

*** "DIDN'T YOU KNOW that you're supposed to do what you're told when the world's only superpower barks? We bark, you jump that's the rule. Didn't Mr. Bush offer you a big enough bribe to sign up and bomb the people of Iraq?"



(Opening lines of the introduction of new satirical book "DUDE, Where's My Country?" written by best selling US author Michael More. More's first book "Stupid White Men", a best selling political satire, accused President Bush of having stolen an election "aided only by brother, cousin, his dad's cronies, electoral fraud and tame judges")

*** "WHEN IS THE USE of force permissible and who should decide? Does it have to be each state for itself, or will be be safer working together? Is 'preventive war' sometimes justified, or is it simply aggression under another name?"

(Excerpts from a newspaper article written by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan saying that the world is facing a "decisive moment in history" to review United Nations role in the light of vast divisions among the member nations on fundamental questions of policy and principle)

*** "THIS IS MADNESS. There is enough oil here for every Iraqi to have his own tap."

(An angry Iraqi taxi driver talking about serious petrol crisis in his oil-rich country resulting in long queues costing motorists hours in precious time and rationing limitation of 30 litres a vehicle)

*** "NAPOLEON WAS a criminal. History books present him as a saviour of the Italian people. He wasn't. He raped, sacked and pillaged. The Republic of Venice had no need of him. We want a ferocious condemnation."

(Charges made against the former Emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte by the prosecution at Venetian court 200 years after his death)