Iraq Quotes

 Describing Saddam Hussein of Iraq - 1991 He is neither a strategist nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Other than that he's a great military man.  
Author: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Nationality: American
b. December 1934
  
 I apologise to the election workers assassinated, the police trainees blown up, the parents of children caught in crossfire and everyone else that the planners and executors of the invasion that I supported, and still support, may have let down by neglect or stupidity. I recognise their bravery and their determination to succeed despite everything. 
Author: David Aaronovitch
Nationality: British
b. 8 July 1954
  
 I fear for the hundreds of thousands who may be killed in a war. In 1991 the US betrayed the Iraqi opposition, and the US armed Saddam when it suited them. The war is not about removing Saddam. The US wants Iraq's oil. 
Author: Muhammad Hassan Sabbagh
Nationality: Iraqi   
 Iraqi civilians have paid in blood and it is much too soon to know how many thousands of Iraqis died - civilians and the unlamented soldiers - to forge a new regime peopled by American generals and Iraqi crooks like Ahmad Chalabi, lassoed out of 45 years of exile. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It is far to soon to gloat. As Saddam's statue toppled, people cheered around the world. A tyrant was gone. But if the television had at that moment brought us images of Baghdad hospitals, the hellish scenes of mangled bodies and dying children may have tempered the exuberance. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 It should be simple. One tyrant less in the world should be cause for rejoicing. The world rejoiced when Filipinos overthrew Marcos, when East Germans tore downs the Wall, and when South Africans found their way to democracy. The overthrow of Saddam is different. It is a product of US foreign policy, achieved through military might and for unclear motives. It may yet be a cause of rejoicing. On the start of an era of war without end. We live in a new world order in which US might is right. Until the ramifications are clearer, is is much too soon to gloat. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 Patience would help. The Germans called the period after the Nazi defeat in 1945 Stunde Null - Zero Hour. Their cities were pulverised, industries destroyed, their towns full of refugees and millions of men were POWs. The country was divided by the Allies, and administered by a military government. It took four years for a new state, the Federal Republic of Germany, to come into existence. Nor were things quick on the economic front - the Marshall Plan only started in mid 1947. No 24-hour news stations then. Iraq begins its new life with several advantages. It has not been destroyed and it possesses a substantial natural asset. Nor is it regarded by its occupiers as a defeated nation, but as a liberated one. 
Author: David Aaronovitch
Nationality: British
b. 8 July 1954
  
 President George W. Bush has said that US troops will remain in Iraq as long as they have to and not a day more than necessary, a pledge echoed by US Deputy Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz in testimony before a congressional committee on Friday. Coming from an ultra-hawk like Wolfowitz, however, such assurances should be taken with a pinch of salt. Make that a truckload of salt. As American bombs and missiles continue to rain down on Iraq, killing and maiming more civilians, more women and children, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Bushites, an unholy cabal of officials with close ties to the US oil and arms industries as well as to Israel, aim to turn Iraq into supine dependency like Guam, Puerto Rico or Tony Blair's Britain. The blueprint for colonial rule has been drawn up by Project for the New American Century alumni Wolfowitz, without any input from the US's British poodles or that discarded hunk of junk, the UN. The blueprint will install an American arms merchant, former US General Jay Garner, as civilian supremo of post-war Iraq. 
Author: Kaleem Omar
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1937  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 The images of smiling children and cheering crowds in Iraq have been overtaken by a new, much more disturbing portrait of anarchy and fear. Looters, who began by going after the offices and homes of Saddam Hassein's henchman, have moved on to stores, warehouses and even hospitals. That was not the vision of freedom the US was selling when it began. Military officials have reason to be reluctant about performing police duties. Their troops are trained to fight a war, not to arrest bank robbers. They are unfamiliar with Iraqi culture and do not speak Arabic. There are bound to be threatening incidents, and the Arab world is likely to see American street patrols as the first step in a new American dictatorship. But there is no alternative for the military other than to restore order. It must police the streets and make Iraq safe enough for aid workers to bring in food, water and medical supplies, and it must work to restore electricity and water. 
Author: Newspaper The New York Times
Nationality: American   
 This is no time for gloating. Saddam has fallen. Many Iraqis are relieved. But the world is no safer. Indeed, it is a scarier place. Consider the words of the North Korean Foreign Ministry this week. 'The Iraqi war shows that to allow disarmament through inspections does not help avert war, but rather sparks it.' It concluded with unerring logic that 'only tremendous military deterrent force' can prevent attacks on nations that America dislikes. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 This is the lesson for other rogue states: arm to the teeth, develop nuclear weapons and spurn the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Then the US may desist from invasion. Compare the US's circumspect treatment of North Korea with its war against Iraq. North Korea has nuclear capacity; Iraq co-operated in a process of disarmament. The world does not need more weapons of mass destruction. But tragically this could be the ironic result of the US victory in Iraq. 
Author: Adele Horan
Nationality: Australian   
 Two generations of Iraqis have been destroyed by wars and by the economic sanctions. The people are exhausted. They will be victims of this war too. The US betrayed the Iraqi opposition in 1991 at the end of the Gulf War. It encouraged people to revolt, then failed to support them, and left them to suffer merciless reprisals from the regime. The US will not be easily trusted again. 
Author: Dr. Renwar Reben
Nationality: Kurdish   
 I think we should take Iraq and Iran and combine them into one country and call it Irate. All the pissed off people live in one place and get it over with. 
Author: Denis Leary
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1957
  
 Hawks favor war on the grounds that Saddam Hussein is reckless, tyrannical and instinctively aggressive, and that if he comes into possession of nuclear weapons in addition to the weapons of mass destruction he already has, he is likely to use them or share them with terrorists. The threat of mass death on a scale never before seen residing in the hands of an unstable madman is intolerable - and must be preempted. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 Reformation and reconstruction of an alien culture are a daunting task. Risky and, yes, arrogant. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 With its oil, its urbanized middle class, its educated population, its essential modernity, Iraq has a future. In two decades Saddam Hussein reduced its GDP by 75 percent. Once its political and industrial infrastructures are reestablished, Iraq's potential for rebound, indeed for explosive growth, is unlimited. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.  
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 It is a tragedy, what is happening, what Bush is doing. But Bush is now undermining the United Nations. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 There is one compromise and one only, and that is the United Nations. If the United States and Britain go to the United Nations and the United Nations says we have concrete evidence of the existence of these weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we feel that we must do something about it, we would all support it. There is no doubt that the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like. And of course we must consider the men and the women around the president. Gen. Colin Powell commanded the United States army in peacetime and in wartime during the Gulf war. He knows the disastrous effect of international tension and war, when innocent people are going to die, young men are going to die. He knows and he showed this after September 11 last year. He went around briefing the allies of the United States of America and asking for their support for the war in Afghanistan. Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, they are people who are unfortunately misleading the president. Because my impression of the president is that this is a man with whom you can do business. But it is the men who around him who are dinosaurs, who do not want him to belong to the modern age. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 It's a tragedy what is happening, what Bush is doing. All Bush wants is Iraqi oil. There is no doubt that the U.S. is behaving badly. Why are they not seeking to confiscate weapons of mass destruction from their ally Israel? This is just an excuse to get Iraq’s oil. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 It is a tragedy what is happening, what Bush is doing in Iraq. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans. The great human reserves that call for civil life haven't proved strong enough. No doubt they are latently there, but they have not been able to contend against the ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols. The Iraqis we hear about are first indignant, and then infuriated, that Americans aren't on the scene to protect them and to punish the aggressors. And so they join the clothing merchant who says that everything is the fault of the Americans. 
Author: William Frank Buckley Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1925  - d. 27 February 2008
  
 If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we've experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign. 
Author: William Frank Buckley Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1925  - d. 27 February 2008
  
 It was rumored, in 1946, that the hangman in Nuremberg adjusted the nooses of some of the condemned to magnify the pain of suffocation. Such sadism was not called for then and is not called for now. But if fornication is wrong, there is no denying that it can bring pleasure. The death of Saddam Hussein at rope's end brings a pleasure that is undeniable, and absolutely chaste in its provenance.  
Author: William Frank Buckley Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1925  - d. 27 February 2008
  
 I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  




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