The Best of Notable Quotables; December 23, 1991
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Gomer Pyle Award
- Peter Arnett Award
- Iron Curtain Award
- Gulf War
- Media Hero Award
- Willie Horton Award
- Damn Conservatives
- Armand Hammer Award
- Real Reagan Legacy
- Long Dong Silver Award
- Thurgood Marshall Award
- Borking Award
- Wilson-Weicker Award
- Which Way Is It?
- Silliest Analysis
- Quote of the Year
- 1991 Award Judges
Which Way Is It? Gulf War
Peter Arnett: âWhile we were there [at a bombing site], a distraught woman shouted insults at the press and vented anger at the West.â
Woman: âMea culpa! Mea culpa! All of you are responsible, all of you! Bombing the people for the sake of oil! Hunted as if we are Iranian! We are human beings! Who made this area like this? The flames in the area, itâs the West! Mea culpa, the blood, she is on your head!â
â CNN live from Baghdad, February 1.
âIraq has been polishing up its propaganda game for years. A woman wailing in TV-perfect English about civilian casualties turned out, as CNN later reported, to be an Iraqi official [aide to the Foreign Affairs Under- secretary]. She also showed up on French TV wailing in French.â
â Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, Feb. 25.
âI saw various plans that the manufacturers had left behind talking about its use as a shelter and I can tell you that I saw no sign of military equipment on that lower level and I looked into all the main rooms.â
â BBC reporter Jeremy Bowen on the âshelterâ bombed by the U.S., February 14 NBC Nightly News.
âIntelligence sources told Newsweek that only the top two levels sheltered senior military commanders and Baath officials, along with their families. Beneath them was a secret basement filled with equipment for communicating with Army leaders at the front. Last week the Iraqis flooded the secret basement to prevent reporters from seeing it after the bombing.â
â Newsweek defense reporter John Barry, February 25.
âThe message that came from them very strongly in Baghdad was that theyâre pretty sick of Saddam Hussein. They donât like the man, they donât like what heâs done to their country, and theyâd like to be rid of him.â
â BBC Baghdad reporter Jeremy Bowen on NBC News at Sunrise after reporters were kicked out of Baghdad, March 8.
âBut the air war itself, as it goes on, has shown no sign of diminishing Saddamâs support here ....all the people that we talk to with the television cameras say that the continuing air attacks have in fact strengthened their desire, their will to resist the Allied coalition.â
â Bowen on the NBC Nightly News, Feb. 16.