Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

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"As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you." President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union address, to Iranians living in what he called "the world's primary state sponsor of terror"

"You and I, we have both suffered in trying to spread religion around the world. I hope you regain your health in the near future." Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot the pope in 1981, wishing him a speedy recovery in a letter from his Istanbul jail

"Same-sex couples need the protections and security marriage provides, and this ruling says they're entitled to get them the same way straight couples do." Susan Sommer, attorney for gay advocacy group Lambda Legal Defense Fund, speaking about a suit that represented five same-sex couples seeking marriage rights. A New York state court ruled that the couples should be allowed to marry.

"We are truly sorry if we hurt anyone with this bear." Vermont Teddy Bear Co. president and CEO Elisabeth Robert, on stopping sales for the straitjacketed "Crazy for You" teddy bear, after fielding complaints from advocacy groups for the mentally ill

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them." Lt. Gen. James Mattis, a Marine general who has commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, discussing strategies for the war on terror

"We have announced a ceasefire, and the Israelis should announce one also. …

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