George Bush Senior

To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the whole Arab world against us and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day hero… assigning young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a securely entrenched dictator and condemning them to fight in what would be an unwinnable urban guerrilla war. It could only plunge that part of the world into even greater instability.

George Bush Senior, in A World Transformed, 1998.

mag cover This article is from the May 2004 issue of New Internationalist.
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