Loose cannons

October 23, 2002

Like lots of oil

"Iraq has unique characteristics that distinguish it." — US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, October 18, responding to a reporter's question: "If Iraq's a candidate for pre-emptive military action because it might be developing nuclear weapons, surely isn't North Korea, because by its own admission, it already is?"

Except 'regime change' in Iraq

"No cause — however explained, advocated, twisted or spun — can justify the indiscriminate, unprovoked slaughter of innocent people." — Prime Menzies John Howard, October 14.

Onward, Christian soldiers!

"It's also important for people to know we never seek to impose our culture or our form of government. We just want to live under those universal values, God-given values." — George "The Crusader" Bush, October 11.

Regime change

"You won't have any problem with Saddam [Hussein]. We'll be rid of the bastard soon enough. And in his place we'll install a pro-Western dictator." — remark by US House of Representatives member Tom Lantos to visiting Israeli MP, reported by the September 30 Israeli Ha'aretz.

From Green Left Weekly, October 23, 2002.
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