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Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 14:22 GMT
Davos in quotes
Niall Fitzgerald, chairman, Unilever (photo by WEF)
Niall Fitzgerald: Warned of "rising tide of anger"
BBC News Online relates the story of this year's World Economic Forum annual summit through the words of its participants.

Thursday 23 January

"Humiliation is critically important in determining what leads men to violent crime." Jessica Stern, lecturer, John F Kennedy School of Government

"People must realise that people do not tie bombs to their bodies or crash planes for the fun of it." Mahathir Mohamad, prime minister, Malaysia

"Business and love have opposite mathematics.

"In business you take more and give less. In love, you give more and take less." Ravi Shankar, founder, Art of Living Foundation, India

Friday 24 January

"Ideally the world would look like Davos, where there's more security than we can even see on the street." Bill Owens, governor, Colorado, US

"People in the region are beginning to lose hope in democracy.

I can be bought down if I do not manage expectations." Alejandro Toledo, president, Peru

John Ashcroft, US attorney-general (picture by WEF)
John Ashcroft: "Shield for freedom-loving people"

"I propose that in Nigeria they give the oil money to the people. Then the government would have to tax the people.

"It is harder to steal from the people than to steal from the ground." Xavier Sala-i-Martin, economics professor, Colombia University, US

"It is ironic that those who designed the torture bed are the first to be tortured." Caio Koch-Weser, finance secretary, Germany, on Germany's scolding for breach of euro stability rules

"America is committed to seeing civil liberties protected as a shield for freedom-loving people, not as a sword for freedom-loathing people." John Ashcroft, US attorney-general

"Nobody is in favour of the Iraqi regime, nobody has suffered more because of it than Iran, but you must see this in a global context.

"We are against an attack.

"We have one source of tension in the Middle East. We don't need another one." Mohammad Hossein Adeli, deputy minister of foreign affairs, Iran

"That would allow each milk cow to fly first class around the world, or three cows to take one bull along for free." Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chief executive, Nestle, Switzerland, on farm subsidies of $9,240 per cow in the US, and $6,190 per cow in the EU

"China will be the answer to Japan's problems." Carlos Ghosn, president, Nissan, Japan

Saturday 25 January

"There is a rising tide of discontent and anger in the developing world, and we need to understand that and address it.

"If we want to defend prosperity and security, we have to attack poverty. If we don't, we will pay for it." Niall Fitzgerald, chairman, Unilever

Janez Drnovsek, president, Slovenia (picture by WEF)
Janez Drnovsek: Nato warning

"We think China is a huge stomach that can absorb tremendous amounts of products." Minoru Murofushi, chairman, Itochu Corporation, Japan

"Water is free of charge. Why then do people drink Evian?" Richard Levin, president, Yale University, US

"When I read what is happening in my neighbouring Zimbabwe, I grow very sad.

"Should we use the same laws which oppressed us to oppress others, it becomes that much more criminal." Fackson Shamenda, president, Zambia Congress of Trade Unions

"We should stop now and think.

"It's not just Iraq - it's the Atlantic partnership which is at stake." Janez Drnovsek, president, Slovenia

"It matters how you say it. Our president has not said it very well." Delaware senator Joe Biden on US President George W Bush

"When the enemy disappeared, Nato had to find a new raison d'etre.

"It no longer has the discipline which comes from the urgency of 50 Warsaw Pact divisions." Richard Haass, director of planning, US State Department

"There are over 20 armed conflicts in progress which have little to do with the war against terrorism." Jakob Kellenberger, president, International Committee of the Red Cross

"Free is not an alternative. My company did not turn a profit last year." Sir Howard Stringer, chairman, Sony Corporation of America

Sunday 26 January

"If the EU is tired of enlargement, it should know the Balkans are tired of transition." Neven Mimica, minister for European integration, Croatia

"Religious leaders are like doctors.

"You may have bad doctors, but you don't lose faith in medicine." Sheikh Badawi, president, Muslim College, UK

King Abdullah of Jordan (picture by WEF)
King Abdullah of Jordan: "We are the next target"

"We are in no great rush to judgment tomorrow or the day after, but clearly time is running out.

"There is no longer an excuse for Iraqi denial of its obligation.

"We must have Iraq participate in the disarmament or be disarmed." Colin Powell, US Secretary of State

"We need democracy, but not to please the United States of America, but to please our own people." Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, foreign affairs minister, Qatar

"September 11 was a wake-up call for Muslims.

"It is not about East versus West. It is a conflict within Islam. We are the next target for extremists." King Abdullah of Jordan

"There is a certain responsibility that accrued to me when I got to this unexpected position." Mr Gates, chairman, Microsoft

"What a wonderful human being you are." Tommy Thompson, US Health Secretary, to Bill Gates

"You're going to be hearing a lot about one scrappy president." Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president, Brazil

Monday 27 January

"We will never have a stock ticker displayed anywhere in any of our offices. It makes for fuzzy thinking." Joe Forehand, chairman, Accenture, on discouraging short-termism

"One of the first things I did when I came to UPC was to abolish 'free' as a concept.

"There has been a substantial recovery in our fortune." John Riordan, chairman and chief executive, UPC

Tuesday 28 January

"The history of modern Iraq is also the history of oil. No oil, no life." Adil Abdul Mahdi, president, Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq

Elie Wiesel, professor of the humanities, Boston University
Elie Wiesel: Message of hope

"Businessmen... were not born chief executives. They were often people first." Richard Jefferson, social entrepreneur

"Europe seems too preoccupied with itself." Klaus Schwab, president, World Economic Forum, bemoaning the dearth of European representation

"Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another." Elie Wiesel, professor of the humanities, Boston University, US

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