WASHINGTON April 11 —
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday characterized
widespread looting in Iraq as a period of "untidiness" and suggested
it was only a transitional phase on the way to freedom from Saddam
"We do feel an obligation to assist in providing security, and
coalition forces are doing that," Rumsfeld told a Pentagon news
conference. "Where they see looting, they are stopping it."
"While no one condones looting, on the other hand, one can
understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of
repression," he said.
"If you go from a repressive regime...in that transition period,
there is untidiness," the secretary said.
|Secretary of Defense Donald H.
Rumsfeld, left, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul
Wolfowitz, right, leave the White House, Thursday, April 10,
2003, after briefing President Bush on the current situation
in Iraq. (AP Photo/Ron
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