5,593. 2/4/2004

U.K. "Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday [February 4, 2004] defended his decision to go to war in Iraq, saying that he was ready to take responsibility for his actions before the country while asserting that freedom and democracy in Iraq were more important than any mistaken intelligence. Mr. Blair's presentation in the House of Commons was interrupted by hecklers in the public gallery where shouts of 'Murderer!' and 'Liar!' prompted a suspension of the proceedings for about 15 minutes while the gallery was cleared. As he struggled to be heard, the prime minister quipped, 'I somehow feel I'm not being entirely persuasive in certain quarters.' "

 – Patrick E. Tyler, “Blair Tells Commons that Results in Iraq Are More Important Than Faulty Intelligence,” The New York Times, Feb. 5, 2004,

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