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Thursday, July 19, 2007


I was in Iraq '78 to '80 when it was a real republic of fear when -- in the way that security system worked, it just made everybody afraid of talking to anybody else, afraid to talk to your neighbors, afraid to talk even in your family.
-- US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, May 3, 2007
If there is one word, I would use to sum up the atmosphere in Iraq -- on the streets, in the countryside, in the neighborhoods and at the national level -- that word would be fear.
US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, today.