BBC: Is it civil war?
Kofi Annan: I think, given the level of violence, the level of killing and bitterness and the way that forces are arranged against each other. A few years ago, when we had the strife in Lebanon and other places, we called that a civil war. This is much worse.
BBC: You must in some way feel sadly vindicated – in 2003, in March, you said that: “A war can lead to unintended consequences, producing new threats and new dangers.”
It is sad – it is sad in the sense that it had to come to this.
BBC: Was it a mistake? Some Iraqis say that life is worse than it was under a dictator.
Kofi Annan: I think they are right in the sense of the average Iraqi’s life. If I were an average Iraqi obviously I would make the same comparison, that they had a dictator who was brutal but they had their streets, they could go out, their kids could go to school and come back home without a mother or father worrying, “Am I going to see my child again?” And the Iraqi government has not been able to bring the violence under control.
The society needs security and a secure environment for it to get on – without security not much can be done – not recovery or reconstruction.
Kofi Annan in een interview met de BBC over de situatie in Irak.
maandag 04 december 2006 :: 22.40 uur