Quotations of the day

“We welcome these agreements. On the one hand, they will help Syrians get out of the crisis, and on the other hand, they averted a war against Syria by removing the pretext for those who wanted to unleash one.” — Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar in comments calling the U.S.-Russian agreement on securing Syria’s chemical weapons a “victory” for President Bashar Assad’s regime.


“We’re going to the United Nations with a resolution this week that will in fact call on the United Nations of the world to put pressure on Syria to have the confiscation and destruction of all those weapons.” Vice President Joe Biden speaking to a decidedly anti-war audience in Iowa, playing down the Obama administration’s pledge to use military force to rid Syria of chemical weapons.


“I credit the cat with saving my family and the lives of everyone in the cottages.” — Deyn Johnson, owner of the Whispering Pines cottages in Colorado in comments as Colorado mountain towns cut off for days by massive flooding slowly reopened, shopkeepers in this gateway to majestic Rocky Mountain National Park worked to both clean up and remove salvageable goods from ravaged businesses for fear the swollen Big Thompson River would rise again.

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