"This isn’t the 15th century. You can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say ‘We’re claiming this territory.’ " — Peter MacKay, Canada’s foreign minister, in response to Russia planting an underwater flag at the north pole and celebrating / publicizing a new claim to pieces of the Artic Ocean.
"The moderates and modernists are so frustrated. They’re putting their necks out, getting no support, and having fatwas issued against them." — Jonathan Hayden, a young American from Alabama who recently toured the Islamic world with a Pakistani-born professor and a couple other American University classmates. The professor’s new book, Journey Into Islam, sounds interesting.