5,513. 12/14/2003

“President Bush addressed the nation on Sunday, December 14, 2003: ‘The capture of this man [Saddam] was crucial to the rise of a free Iraq. It marks the end of the road for him, and for all who bullied and killed in his name. For the Baathist holdouts largely responsible for the current violence, there will be no return to the corrupt power and privilege they once held. For the vast majority of Iraqi citizens who wish to live as free men and women, this event brings further assurance that the torture chambers and the secret police are gone forever.’ ”

 – Charles Duelfer, Hide and Seek, Page 388

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