'US coalition was ill-prepared for chaos in Iraq'

August 10, 2007 14:31

Denmark's prime minister mistakenly thought the US-led coalition forces that toppled Saddam Hussein would be welcomed as liberators, he said in an interview published Friday. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was a staunch backer of the 2003 invasion, told the Politiken newspaper that the coalition "was not prepared well enough" for the chaos that later erupted in Iraq. "I had, like many others in the West, thought that the wish and the desire for democracy and freedom was so universal and strong ... that foreign troops would be welcomed with open arms like liberators," Fogh Rasmussen was quoted as saying. "The international community must learn that when it removes a tyrant - because that can also become necessary in the future - a very precise analysis of the popular, religious and political structures in a society must be made," he said.

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