Robert Fisk quote

"The sheer violence of it, the howl of air raid sirens and the air-cutting fall of the missiles carried its own political message; not just to President Saddam but to the rest of the world. We are the superpower, those explosions said last night. This is how we do business."

Robert Fisk

Born: July 12, 1946

Occupation: Writer

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