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“Prophet Muhammad prohibited even the mutilation of a dead mad dog … What happened in Fallujah is a distortion of Islamic principles, and it is forbidden in Islam.”
SHEIK KHALID AHMED, senior Islamic cleric in Fallujah, condemning the killings and mutilations of four U.S. civilians by Iraqis

“I’ve ordered this level of cooperation because I consider it necessary to gaining a complete picture of the months and years that preceded the murder of our fellow citizens on September 11th.”
GEORGE W. BUSH, U.S. President, on why, after initially refusing, he decided to allow National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify under oath before the independent commission investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks

“Arafat has no insurance policy.”
ARIEL SHARON, Israeli Prime Minister, suggesting that Israel might attempt to attack the Palestinian leader

“The exact same one, twice. What does that tell you? It was a form letter.”
WAYNE DEUTSCH, father of U.S. soldier Michael Deutsch, who was killed by a land mine in Iraq in July, on receiving two condolence letters from the White House

“I’m fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there’s a lot of poetry in it. There’s a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you’d better listen to it pretty carefully, ’cause it’s important.”
Senator JOHN KERRY, responding to a viewer’s question during an MTV Choose or Lose forum

“My security and my safety and my life are a little bit more important than tennis.”
SERENA WILLIAMS, U.S. tennis star, on why she will not participate in the Athens Olympic Games if security is inadequate

“There’s comfort here for some people that their overeating is not a lack of willpower.”
RICHARD SIMERLY, researcher at Oregon Health and Science University in the U.S., on findings that obese people’s brains might be “hardwired” at birth to tell the body to eat too much

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