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"I am the Jesus Christ of politics."
SILVIO BERLUSCONI, Italian Prime Minister, describing himself as a martyr for his nation. He has also compared himself to Churchill and Napoleon in recent weeks while seeking re-election

"Take that hammer and knock yourself on the head."
SADDAM HUSSEIN, former President of Iraq, addressing Raouf Abdel-Rahman, the gavel-wielding chief judge in his trial. Hussein, who has made frequent court outbursts, also announced that he was on a hunger strike

"Katrina was a national failure, an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide...

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