Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Peter Jennings, the ABC news anchor who died this past week; voice of NASA mission control in Houston, welcoming the Shuttle Discovery crew home and Israeli settlers on the impending withdrawal from Gaza.


From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

(Soundbite of "World News Tonight")

Announcer: From ABC, this is "World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings.

Mr. PETER JENNINGS (Anchor, "World News Tonight"): Well, I would make for lousy soundbites. I tend to use a lot of inverted phrases and `ifs, ands, wherefores and maybes' because that's rather the way I look at life. And so I find writing the evening news sometimes very challenging because I realize that what we're trying to give folks in the evening is black and white when so often I want to give them gray.

Unidentified Man: Landing gear's down and locked. Main gear touchdown. Drag chute deploy. Nose gear touchdown. And Discovery is home.

Ms. CINDY SHEEHAN: Mr. President, my name is Cindy Sheehan. My son, Casey, was killed in Iraq. He was only 24, and he died in his best friend's arms. Casey was so good and so honest. Why can't you be honest with us? You were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction. You were wrong about the link between Iraq and al-Qaeda.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country, and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so.

Vice Prime Minister EHUD OLMERT (Israel): For us to decide to voluntarily pull out from settlements in areas which are claimed by many to be part of the historic land of Israel, this is a dramatic and fundamental move, the like of which has never been done since the beginning of the Zionist movement.

Ms. RACQUEL HADDAD(ph) (Israeli Settler): It's a national calamity what's happening now. If we give away this land to murderers, then we're bringing the terror that we've seen here in the past closer and closer to the homes of all the Jews in Israel.

Ms. AYALEEL KADOSH (Israeli Settler): If it will make us go one step further in the future to the peace, I think it necessary.

Mr. NAFIZ AZZAM (Islamic Jihadist Leader): (Through Translator) Any withdrawal, any liberation for even one city will make us glad. It doesn't mean that the conflict has ended. We know that Gaza will remain as a big jail, but still we want this withdrawal to end without any losses among our people.

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