Quotes of the week September 9-1517 september 2012, 11:44
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
"Bagram prison was an ominous symbol of terror in Afghanistan which will now turn into an ordinary detention facility from which the innocents will be freed and where criminals will remain to be punished."
-- Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaking after the US handed over control of the controversial Bagram prison which had been dubbed the Guantanamo of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai. ©REUTERS
NERVES OF STEEL
"I have seen many bodies but could not identify any of them. They are badly charred. You need strong nerves to see all of them, which I don't have."
-- Pakistani factory worker Mohammad Yaqoob who was trying to find his younger brother after a fire at a Karachi garment factory killed nearly 300 people.
WE ARE NOT AMUSED
"Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner."
-- Statement from the office of Prince William and his wife Catherine after French magazine Closer publishes photographs of the princess sunbathing topless at a private residence in the south of France.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. ©AFP
"Security personnel found the monkey in his underwear while frisking the transit passengers."
-- An Indian customs official explains how they arrested a man trying to board a flight with an endangered loris in his pants.
NO ALLY, NO ENEMY
"I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy."
-- US President Barack Obama speaking of Egypt in an interview with Telemundo aired by MSNBC in the wake of a violent protest at the US embassy in Cairo.
US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
"There's a broader lesson to be learned here: Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later."
-- US President Barack Obama slamming his Republican rival Mitt Romney for his criticism of the White House after anti-US attacks in Egypt and Libya.
"It is an absolute jewel".
-- Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller says of the new iPhone at an event in San Francisco.
Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new iPhone 5. ©AFP
LIBYA SAYS SORRY
"We present our apologies to the United States, the American people and the entire world for what happened."
-- Mohamed al-Megaryef, president of the Libyan General National Congress, after US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff were killed in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
Mohamed al-Megaryef, president of Libya's General National Congress. ©AFP
BACKS TO THE WALL
"Inside some bases, a regime soldier only has to walk up to a wall and he will be shot in the back."
-- Syrian rebel commander Abu Ubayda, describing the difficulties faced by regime soldiers wanting to defect from their units.
MESSAGE OF PEACE
"I have come to Lebanon as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men."
-- Pope Benedict XVI appeals for peaceful co-existence in the Middle East as he arrives for a three-day visit to Lebanon.
Pope Benedict XVI. ©AFP PHOTO / HO / DALATI AND NOHRA
"Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel."
-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the international community cannot ask the Jewish state to wait before acting over Iran's nuclear ambitions if it does not impose red lines on Tehran itself.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ©AFP
"When we started going down the road of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, we approached some highly responsible countries to work with us. And pretty soon we realised that Israel was putting pressure on those countries to disrupt any cooperation with us."
-- King Abdullah II of Jordan, accusing Israel of disrupting Jordan's nuclear energy plans.
Jordan's King Abdullah II. ©AFP PHOTO/HO/JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE
"It is virtually impossible for me to get on a bus in this city."
-- Viviane Macedo, Brazil's five-time wheelchair dancing champion, on the difficulties she encountered negotiating her way across Rio de Janeiro, which in 2016 will host the next Paralympic Games.
Brazilian Viviane Macedo. ©AFP
NO HALF MEASURES
"Just as one is not half-pregnant, we are not half-serious."
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on the Socialist government's commitment to keep the French deficit below 3.0 percent next year.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius. ©AFP
CALL NO MAN MASTER
"I tell Westerners who say that we (Christians) are with the Syrian regime that we are not with regimes, we are with the state. There is a big difference."
-- Lebanon's Maronite Christian Patriarch Bishara Rai explains the church's position ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon.
"Now I have a more serious task, that of taking up the political fight again for the future of my country"
-- World heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine returns to political campaigning ahead of a parliamentary election, after bludgeoning Germany's Manuel Charr into submission just four rounds into his latest fight.
Ukrainian WBC World Heavyweight Champion and head of the opposition political party UDAR (Punch) Vitali Klitschko. ©AFP
SCENE OF HORROR
"It was pretty much what you would imagine a set from (TV crime series) 'CSI Miami' would be like. There was a lot of blood and heads with bullet holes in them."
-- Witness Brett Martin, first on the scene of last week's shootings in the French Alps in which four people were killed, describes what he found there.
"They are very very emotional and very deeply saddened by the situation in Syria and very concerned about their family and friends in their country."
-- Hollywood star and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie sums up the concerns of Syrian refugees in Turkey who have fled the conflict in their country, after she visited camps near the two countries' border.
US actress and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie. ©AFP