Verbatim: Aug. 7, 2006

"They created a desolation and call it peace."

FOUAD SINIORA, Lebanese Prime Minister, decrying Israel's incursion into Lebanon by quoting 1st century Roman historian Tacitus. Speaking to Western diplomats, Siniora asked, "Are we children of a lesser god?"

"Hope over fear. Liberty over oppression ... Let there be no doubt--today Iraq is a democracy."

NOURI AL-MALIKI, Iraqi Prime Minister, addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress last week and boasting of his country's political and social progress since 2003

"Is he living in Iraq?"

DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ, Democratic Representative, Florida, on the dissonance between al-Maliki's depiction of a blossoming...

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