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February 19, 1991

Undated (AP) _ ″If we start a ... land operation, without replying to the Gorbachev plan, and without knowing what the reaction has been of Iraq to this, then we would be assuming a great responsibility in history.″ - Soviet Middle East envoy Yevgeny Primakov urging the allies to delay any ground offensive against Iraq until Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s peace proposal has gotten a full airing.

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″A lot of interesting things (are) happening. I don’t want to talk about them.″ - President Bush, keeping tight-lipped about the secret peace plan Gorbachev offered to Iraq’s foreign minister.

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″We still want to take a look at it, but the war goes on. There’s no change on the basis of what we know at this point.″ - White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater on the Gorbachev proposal.

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″Most of us believe he will try it. What option is left to him at this stage?″ - Marine Col. Carl Fulford, saying the allies were ready to defend against any pre-emptive attack by Saddam Hussein.

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″I’m afraid of dying. But the Marines have a ... mystique, and we’re more afraid of not living up to that mystique.″ - Sgt. Ernie Grafton of Kansas City, Mo., in Northeastern Saudi Arabia as he contemplated a ground offensive.

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