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Issue No. 1969

Cartoon by Tim Sanders

Cartoon by Tim Sanders

“When I led my men of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment into Iraq we believed we were going to do some good. It was to be a liberation. Now I believe we have to get out of Iraq. Not just the British, but the entire Western force.”
Colonel Tim Collins, whose speech made from a tank in Iraq was pinned to the wall of George Bush’s office

“If that’s necessary, of course we would do that.”
Defence secretary John Reid, on how he would respond if Bush asked for more British troops to be sent to Iraq

“They would not manage to control Venezuela, the same way they haven’t been able to control Iraq. My impression is that there would be a movement of resistance in other parts of this continent. Oil could reach $100 or $120 a barrel, among other things.”
President Hugo Chavez, speaking at the UN about US threats to attack Venezuela

“What we may get is a parliament stocked with figures who represent the bloody past and who have very little legitimacy or competence to address the basic needs of the country.”
Sam Zarifi, of Human Rights Watch on elections in Afghanistan

“This country is filled with projects that were never completed or were completed and have never been used.”
Iraqi civil affairs officer

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