Perspectives

"We in Iraq have tasted this curse."
Thirty-three-year-old Iraqi civil engineer Khalid Mohammed, on last week's shootings at Virginia Tech

"It would be like Miss USA wearing a dress showing images of the Ku Klux Klan in the Deep South, with their hoods, their burning crosses and beer cans."
Mexican columnist Jorge Camil, on Miss Mexico's plan to wear a gown to the Miss Universe pageant depicting violent scenes from an early 19th-century Roman Catholic uprising

"We don't want to confront our bodily functions anymore. We're too busy."
Linda C. Andrist, a professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, on a new contraceptive pill that eliminates menstruation

"Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran."
U.S. presidential hopeful John McCain, jokingly making up lyrics to the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann," in response to a question about the possibility of U.S. military action against Iran

"I was running around my hotel like a freak."
Stuart Gold, a California-based software-firm executive, on the technical glitch that left him and more than 5 million other Americans without their BlackBerry wireless e-mail service for 10 hours starting last Tuesday night

Quotation sources, top to bottom: Newsweek Reporting, BBC, New York Times, Fox News, New York Times

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