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date: 15 April 2024

Iraq War 

  1. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.
    Iyad Allawi 1945–  Iraqi statesman: interview on BBC Television Sunday AM, 19 March 2006
  2. Downing Street's dodgy dossier of ‘intelligence’ about Iraq.
    referring to a briefing document on Iraqi weaponry which was later withdrawn
    Anonymous: leading article in Observer 9 February 2003
  3. This is not the time to falter.
    Tony Blair 1953–  British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 1997—2007: speech in the House of Commons, 18 March 2003
  4. We have not found any smoking guns.
    of weapons inspections in Iraq
    Hans Blix 1928–  Swedish diplomat: in Newsweek 20 January 2003
  5. I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.
    Tim Collins 1960–  British soldier: speech to the men under his command on arrival in Iraq, 20 March 2003
  6. This will be a campaign unlike any other in history. A campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility, by the employment of precise munitions on a scale never before seen, and by the application of overwhelming force.
    Tommy Franks 1945–  American general: briefing in Qatar, 22 March 2003; see Ullman and Wade
  7. I have spoken to a British official who was involved in the preparation of the dossier, and he told me that until the week before it was published, the draft dossier produced by the intelligence services added little to what was already publicly known. He said: [Voiceover]: ‘It was transformed in the week before it was published, to make it sexier’.
    Andrew Gilligan 1968–  British journalist: BBC Radio 4 Today programme, 29 May 2003; in Guardian 27 June 2003
  8. Baghdad is determined to force the Mongols of our age to commit suicide at its gates.
    Saddam Hussein 1937–2006 Iraqi statesman; President 1979–2003: in Independent 18 January 2003
  9. I will probably be found dead in the woods.
    remark made in February 2003 on what would happen if Iraq was invaded
    David Kelly 1944–2003 British scientist: evidence from David Broucher to the Hutton Inquiry, 21 August 2003
  10. Stuff happens…and it's untidy, and freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.
    on looting in Iraq
    Donald Rumsfeld 1932–  American Republican politician and businessman: press conference, 11 April 2003
  11. There are no American infidels in Baghdad.
    press briefing during the war in Iraq
    Mohammed al-Sahhaf Iraqi politician: in Sunday Telegraph 13 April 2003
  12. The enemy we're fighting is a bit different than the one we war-gamed against.
    of the campaign in Iraq
    William Wallace American general: in New York Times 28 March 2003