Voices in the News

A sound montage of voices in the past week's news, including: International War Crimes Tribunal Judge Patrick Robinson; George Washington University law professor Steven Salsburg; Rosemarie Dillard, wife of a Sept. 11 victim; President Bush; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).


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

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

The Honorable PATRICK ROBINSON (International War Crimes Tribunal Judge): The Chamber has been advised of a death of the accused, Slobodan Milosevic. We express our regret at his passing. We also regret that his untimely death has deprived not only him, but indeed all interested parties, of a judgment upon the allegations in the indictment. His death terminates these proceedings.

Professor STEVEN SALSBURG (Law, Georgetown University): It was a very difficult case for the prosecution to persuade a jury that if Moussaoui hadn't lied they would have stopped 9-11. Very difficult with the TSA witnesses; without them it appears to be almost impossible.

Ms. ROSEMARIE DILLARD (Wife of a 9-11 Victim): I felt like my heart had been ripped out. I felt like my husband had been killed again. I felt like the government has let me down one more time.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: In the past three years, Iraqis have gone from living under a brutal tyrant, to liberation, sovereignty, free elections, a constitutional referendum, and last December, elections for a fully constitutional government. By their courage, the Iraqi people have spoken and made their intentions clear. They want to live in a democracy and shape their own destiny.

Senator DIANNE FEINSTEIN (Democrat, California): It is now three years into the war, and we are fighting a growing insurgency. Even administration officials acknowledge that we've made little progress on the political, security and reconstruction fronts. It didn't have to be this way, but the administration's dangerous incompetence has made the job harder. And now that Iraq is on the brink of a civil war, it is more important than ever to do it right.

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