*** "YOU CAN'T BOMB a people just in case they
pose a perceived threat. You can't organize a war on the basis of
(Spain's prime minister-elect Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
vowing to pull-out 1,300 troops from Iraq. The near-total public
opposition to Iraq war ousted Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's
governing conservatives out of the office)
*** "MY WEDDING DAY, I think that was the worst
day of my life."
(Late Princess Diana's sad reminiscence of her 1981
marriage to Prince Charles on audiotapes aired for the first time on NBC
television network US)
*** "RUBBISH IS my art medium ... I want to
inject some money into this desperately poor segment of society."
(US artist Ann Wizer, a Jakarta resident famous for
fashioning sculptures from rubbish, introducing chic bags from recycled
plastics aimed at creating jobs for the slum dwellers whose main income
comes from rubbish collection)
*** "WE DON'T DO the same job, we are not
colleagues. You do a job that is useful to the economy, but I'm no
street hawker, my job is to govern the country. I am immortal."
(Italy's billionaire premier, Silviop Berlusconi who
markets himself as a self-made man, refusing to answer a question from a
stall holder who called him a "colleague" during a live radio
*** "THERE IS NOT a question of sanctions; there
will be sanctions and there will be very firm sanctions very soon."
(US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage
announcing that the US would soon be imposing new sanctions against
Syria for being "a state sponsor of terrorism")
*** "GUJRAT CANNOT and will not happen
(Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose
nationalist party BJP was accused of turning a blind eye to 2000 Muslim
pogrom in the state of Gujrat, vowing that similar bloodshed will not
happen again ahead of national elections starting April 20)
*** "I WILL LISTEN to Mr Bush but my position is
very clear and very firm. The occupation (of Iraq) is a fiasco."
(Spain's prime minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapaerato rejecting an appeal by US President George Bush to not to pull
Spanish troops from Iraq)
*** "THE UNITED STATES is in this for the long
haul. They (the Afghans) don't have to hope we will be here. We will be
(US Secretary of State Colin Powell assuring Afghan
President Hamid Karzai that "the US has come to stay" in
Afghanistan during a meeting in Kabul)
*** "I CAN'T HELP it if they are unhappy. I have
a job to do."
(Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's
responding to a question if he fear a backlash from some politicians in
his UMNO party for his crackdown on corruption)
*** "IN A WORLD where weapons of mass
destruction are still to be eliminated, nuclear weapons are sadly the
ultimate guarantor of a nation's security."
(Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha asking that
his country be accepted as a nuclear power saying that New Delhi became
a "reluctant nuclear power" because of the world's
"imperfect non-proliferation order")
*** "ALL THE HYPOCRITES who cry anti-Semitism
every time that one criticise Israeli policies feed the impression that
Jews really build a mighty, blind, irrational pressure group."
(Roger Salamon, a French Jew professor at the medical
faculty of University of Bordeaux, defending French stand-up comedian
Dieudonni's right to his artistic expression. Dieudonni's sketch of an
extremist Rabbi dressed in military uniform exhorting poor suburban
French youths "to join the American-Zionist axis" have drawn
heavy fire from Jewish groups)
*** "I THINK they had a set mind. Like the
former days of the witch hunt, they are convinced that they exists, and
if you see a black cat, well, that's evidence of the witch."
(Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix saying that US
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair had lost
credibility because Iraq had no WMDs, the primary pretext used for the