Quotes of the week December 5-1113 december 2011, 15:48
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
WE'VE LEARNT OUR LESSON
"Anyone in the world will be able to see that we have learned from the mistakes of the past, that our credibility has been written large."
-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks up an agreement by eurozone leaders to enforce budget discipline to tackle the debt crisis.
Germany Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. ©AFP
"What is on offer isn't in Britain interests, so I didn't agree to it... Where we can't be given safeguards, it is better to be on the outside."
-- British Prime Minister David Cameron defends his decision to block a proposed EU treaty change after failing to secure a halt in ongoing EU efforts to curb the City of London's huge financial services sector.
British Prime Minister David Cameron. ©AFP
TIME TO LEAVE
"It is an historic turning point and Britain might as well get out now as Europe's future will be settled without us."
-- British opposition lawmaker and former Europe minister Denis MacShane reacts to Cameron's veto.
HEAR THEIR VOICES
"The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted and that means they deserve free, fair transparent elections and leaders who are accountable to them."
-- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for an investigation into allegations of fraud and vote-rigging after Russia's parliamentary elections.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ©AFP
"They heard the signal and with the support of the US State Department started active work".
-- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accuses Clinton of fomenting the protests that challenged the result of the election which was won by his United Russia party.
"We don't kill our people. No government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."
-- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with ABC News, while denying ordering the killing of thousands of protesters.
A portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seen on a national flag carried by pro-regime supporters during a rally in Damascus. ©AFP
"Dear viewers, this is a fake protest conjured up by Al-Jazeera in their studios."
-- Writing on a banner carried by a Syrian protester, wryly commenting on claims by the Damascus government that the foreign media is exaggerating the extent of the unrest sweeping the country.
"The turnout is a record since the Pharaohs."
-- Egypt's election commission chief Abdel Moez Ibrahim, speaking of the enthusiasm for the country's first post-revolution election, where turnout was recorded at 62 percent.
Egyptian election officials count ballots at the end the voting on the final day of the run-off for the first round of elections in Cairo. ©AFP
"Under Mobutu, we were united."
Marciel Banza, a money changer in the Congolese city of Lubumbashi, on the closely fought election that has stoked fears of civil unrest and even induced some nostalgia of Mobutu Sese Seko's brutal dictatorship.
"It was the French army that did the job."
- Former Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo, recounting his April arrest by forces loyal to his successor during his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
SHOW ME THE MONEY
"I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date."
-- Jon Corzine, former US senator, governor, former head of Goldman Sachs, and most recently head of collapsed Wall Street brokerage MF Global, on the hundreds of millions of dollars missing from customer accounts at the brokerage.
Jon Corzine, former CEO of MF Global, testifies before the House Agriculture Committee about the company's bankruptcy on Capitol Hill in Washington. ©AFP
"This was outrageous. For some reason, they decided I look like a terrorist."
-- Lenore Zimmerman, 84, describing what she says was a strip search ordered by security at New York's JFK airport en route to Florida.
"They only have one very, very large refinery. I would be focused on how to covertly sabotage it every day."
-- Republican candidate Newt Gingrich speaking to an audience of the Republican Jewish Coalition and leading calls for the US to engage in a secret war against Iran.
Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich. ©AFP
GET A GRIP
"I just think it's time to have a president whose idea of being 'hands on' doesn't mean getting a better grip on the golf club."
-- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney berating Democratic President Barack Obama for showing more interest in golf than in solving the nation's woes.
Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. ©AFP
"When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn, disfigured and not easily repaired."
-- Federal judge James Zagel after imposing a 14-year sentence on ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich for trying to auction off President Barack Obama's vacated US Senate seat and a host of other corruption charges.
"The first impression I had was this will be the last day I'll see the sun."
-- 89-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Moore, fighting back tears as he recalled waves of Japanese bombers sweeping in on December 7, 1941, at a 70th anniversary ceremony.
"I've never seen such a thing. Ferraris rarely travel in such large numbers."
-- Lieutenant Eiichiro Kamitani on the aftermath of Japan's most expensive car crash when eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini were among 14 cars involved in a smash in the country's west.
Police officers inspecting damaged Ferrari sports cars on the Chugoku highway in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan following a 14-vehicle pile up. ©AFP
"Love between a sheep and deer is wonderful, perhaps something strange will be produced, I urge everyone to watch this closely."
-- Chinese weibo user wants an amorous male sheep and female deer to be allowed to stay together at a wildlife park after their mating habits raised concerns.