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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Iraqi PM Adresses Congress

I watched PM Maliki's speach today, and I was very impressed. It is refreshing to know our sacrifices are appreciated, and it is good to be reminded of what is at stake in Iraq. To quote, PM Maliki:

    "The war on terror is a real war against those who wish to burn out the flame of freedom. And we are in this a vanguard for defending the values of humanity." ...

    "It is your duty and our duty to defeat this terror. Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history will prove that the sacrifices of Iraqis for freedom will not be in vain. Iraqis are your allies in the war on terror." ...

    "History will record their bravery and humanity.

    The fate of our country and yours is tied. Should democracy be allowed to fail in Iraq and terror permitted to triumph, then the war on terror will never be won elsewhere." ...

    "Ladies and gentlemen, in a short space of time, Iraq has gone from a dictatorship, to a transitional administration, and now to a fully fledged democratic government. This has happened despite the best efforts of the terrorists who are bent on either destroying democracy or Iraq. But by the courage of our people, who defied the terrorists every time they were called upon to make a choice by risking their lives for the ballot box, they have stated over and over again with their inked-stained fingers waving in pride that they will always make the same choice-

    "Hope over fear- Liberty over oppression- Dignity over submission- Democracy over dictatorship- Federalism over a centralist state. Let there be no doubt.

    "Today, Iraq is a democracy that is standing firm!"

Read his Speech

Incidentally, not everyone was willing to hear the elected representative of the Iraqi people. Two democratic senators- Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer- boycotted the speech in protest. Also, a guest- whom some democrat had invited no doubt- heckeled the PM. She seemed to be under the delusion that the Iraqi people want the US liberators out of Iraq. Of course they do, that's why their elected representative is over here thanking us and begging to "Let 1991 never be repeated." Oh, oops, my bad, it's actually the terrorists who want us out, not the Iraqi people. Imagine that...

Maybe she thinks she knows better then the Iraqis do.


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