5,322. 8/19/2003

After the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 19, 2003, “the UN immediately withdrew its staff, and they didn’t return in numbers for several years. For al-Qaeda it had worked. They had eliminated the UN presence. They had sown fear rather than defiance. The bloodshed told the story of our failure to protect, not their propensity to kill the innocent.”

 – Tony Blair, A Journey, Page 463

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