“We don’t just put this complicated and tragic history aside without asking if our values and commitments are still intact.” Archbishop of Canturbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
“More than 50 years of post-World War II experience have pointed toward the advantages of working, wherever possible, within the framework of alliances and multinational institutions. In jettisoning these lessons for the convenience of a largely bilateral operation, the US let itself at risk legally, financially and militarily.” Presidential candidate Wesley Clark, from Iraq: What Went Wrong? (25/09/03)
“When we were first starting our police force, we didn’t understand why they had to go to school until they learned lessons in respecting human rights of the citizens and how to avoid taking revenge. We could teach the Iraqi police the lessons we learned.” Nexhat Daci, the speaker of Kosovo’s legislative assembly, on Kosovo’s offer to send police officers to Iraq. New York Times editorial (6/10/03) (So far, Washington has not accepted the offer.)
“Kay’s interim findings offer detailed evidence of Hussein’s efforts to defy the international community to the last. The report describes a host of activities related to weapons of mass destruction that “should have been declared to the UN”. It reaffirms that Iraq’s forbidden programs spanned more than two decades, involving thousands of people and billions of dollars.” US Secretary of State Colin Powell, in an editorial for the Washington Post. (7/10/03))
“If Israel continues to attack us, what are we supposed to do? Tell them ‘welcome’? Of course we will have to defend ourselves by all means.” Syrian Ambassador to Spain, Mohsen Bilal (8/10/03)
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