4,798. 3/17/2003

On March 17, 2003, “In France, [foreign minister] Dominique de Villepin declared, ‘We are advancing to war [in Iraq] even though today it is possible to disarm in peace. Is war today really necessary? It is not, because the [weapons] inspections are going ahead on the ground.’ ”

 – Todd S. Purdum and The New York Times Staff, A Time of Our Choosing, Page 90

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