3,714. 8/9/2002

” ‘Would Saddam’s removal set the [Middle East] region aflame?’ asked [Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee Chairman] Richard Perle before the invasion [of Iraq, in an August 9, 2002, article in The London Daily Telegraph]. ‘It seems as least as likely that Saddam’s replacement by a decent regime would open the way to a far more stable and peaceful region. …A democratic Iraq would be a powerful refutation of the patronizing view that Arabs are incapable of democracy.’ ”

 – Jeffrey Record, Wanting War, Page 41

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