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Issue No. 1942

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“Some of our counter terrorism powers will be disproportionately experienced by the Muslim community... the threat at the moment is from a particular place.”
New Labour home office minister Hazel Blears telling Muslims to “acknowledge the reality” that they will be targeted

“Syria is where those WMD are. I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on them and I’ll make one pass. We won’t have to worry about Syria anymore.”
Sam Johnson Republican congressman

“Everyone knows that the Americans don’t want hostages to be freed by negotiations. For that reason, I don’t see why I should rule out that I was their target.”
Giuliana Sgrena Italian journalist taken hostage in Iraq who was shot at after her release last week

“I think it’s absurd to make any such suggestion that our men and women in uniform deliberately targeted civilians.”
White House spokesperson on the shooting of the car carrying Sgrena by troops from the US army’s 3rd Infantry Division

“The order was given to shoot anything that moves, but it wasn’t meant to be taken literally.”
US soldier speaking to a military inquiry last April after the 3rd Infantry Division opened fire on unarmed Iraqi civilians

“China is a country that we hope and pray enters the civilised world in an orderly way.”
US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld blissfully writing off 3,500 years of Chinese civilisation

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Sat 12 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1942
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