5,074. 5/16/2003

Director of Reconstruction in Iraq L. Paul Bremer issued Coalition Provisional Authority Order No. 1 on May 16, 2003. It “provided for the ‘De-Ba’athification of Iraqi Society.’ All Ba’ath party members holding any position [of importance]…were removed from their jobs. With this Order, 120,000 of Iraq’s most experienced and highest ranking civil servants…were fired.”

 – Antonia Juhasz, The Bush Agenda, Page 200

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