Said Hoon, "I accept that in the short term the consequences are terrible. No one minimizes those, and I'm not seeking to do so. But what I am saying is that this is a country that has been brutalized for decades by this appalling regime and that the restoration of that country to its own people, the possibility of their deciding for themselves their future . . . and indeed the way in which they go about their lives, ultimately, yes, that will be a better place for people in Iraq."