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Prime Minister Al Maliki Addresses Joint Meeting of Congress

Updated

RealClearPolitics has the transcript of the Prime Minister's speech. Here are a couple memorable portions.

I know that some of you here question whether Iraq is part of the war on terror. Let me be very clear: This is a battle between true Islam, for which a person's liberty and rights constitute essential cornerstones, and terrorism, which wraps itself in a fake Islamic cloak; in reality, waging a war on Islam and Muslims and values.


And spreads hatred between humanity, contrary to what come in our Koran, which says, "We have created you of male and female and made you tribes and families that you know each other." Surely (inaudible) of you in the sight of God is the best concept.

The truth is that terrorism has no religion. Our faith says that who kills an innocent, as if they have killed all mankind.

Thousands of lives were tragically lost on September 11th when these impostors of Islam reared their ugly head. Thousands more continue to die in Iraq today at the hands of the same terrorists who show complete disregard for human life.

Your loss on that day was the loss of all mankind, and our loss today is lost for all free people.

And wherever humankind suffers a loss at the hands of terrorists, it is a loss of all 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.

[snip]

We faced tyranny and oppression under the former regime. And we now face a different kind of terror. We did not bow then and we will not bow now.

I will not allow Iraq to become a launch pad for Al Qaida and other terrorist organizations.

I will not allow terror to rob Iraqis of their hopes and dreams. I will not allow terrorists to dictate to us our future.

For decades, we struggled alone for our freedom. In 1991, when Iraqis tried to capitalize on the regime's momentary weakness and rose up, we were alone again.

The people of Iraq will not forget your continued support as we establish a secure, liberal democracy. Let 1991 never be repeated, for history will be most unforgiving.

The coming few days are difficult and the challenges are considerable. Iraq and America both need each other to defeat the terror engulfing the free world.

In partnership, we will be triumphant because we will never be slaves to terror, for God has made us free.

Trust that Iraq will be a grave for terrorism and terrorists.

Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity.

Watch the video of Prime Minister's speech at C-Span. Go to the "Recent Programs" header at the center of the page and click the "Iraqi P.M. Nouri Al-Maliki Addresses Joint Meeting of U.S. Senate (7/26/2006)" link.

Update: Rightwingsparkle notes:

When [Maliki] passionately described how the Iraqi people faced death as they went to the ballot box and always made the choice of Democracy and freedom and proved that as they waved their ink stained fingers, Congress began to clap, but who was the first to stand?

It was Joe Lieberman.


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Comments (24)

That sounds great but when ... (Below threshold)
dex:

That sounds great but when the free Iraqis elect a HAMAs type government in the next few cycles they will be right back where they started...and so will we. They will not accept a U.S. backed regime for long. There is too much sectarian pressure.

Did you notice all the time... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

Did you notice all the time "terror" and 'terrorists" was used. Who in the whitehouse wrote this for him?

So dex, given your implicat... (Below threshold)
d_Brit:

So dex, given your implication that democracy as we hope for it must fail, is your prescription that we surrender[diplomacy] or that we just nuke the bastards and get it over with?

"Did you notice all the time "terror" and 'terrorists" was used. Who in the whitehouse wrote this for him?" Posted by: dr lava

You must be right, the possibility that he sees the issue in terms of terrorism is unrealistic...

dbrit I don't believe the w... (Below threshold)
dex:

dbrit I don't believe the war on terrorism can be won but it can never be halted either. It has been going on since the beginning of time and will continue til the end. Wars on isms are never over, despite our declarations of victory. There are always festering sore spots.

dex,It is certainl... (Below threshold)
d_Brit:

dex,

It is certainly true that a war cannot be won when victory is not considered a possibility.

In stating that it will never be 'halted' are you essentially suggesting a world such as israel has endured since its creation?

The war on terrorism 'going on since time began'?

And it will continue till the end of time?

Bit 'out' there dex aren't we?

As for wars on isms never ending, what about Nazism? (please forgo the facile answer of a few skin heads still existing, as Nazism as a public threat is over)

Is it d? Is communism dead ... (Below threshold)
dex:

Is it d? Is communism dead as we declared in the 80'? The economic and political chaos that gave rise to the Nazis in the 30s are alive and well.Sure the names change but the sore festers.

Also dbrit we didn't declar... (Below threshold)
dex:

Also dbrit we didn't declare war on Nazism we declared war on Germany... total war. Now that was a war we could win.

Al Maliki is too chickensh*... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Al Maliki is too chickensh*t to stand up to Hizzbullah, and he comes to Congress asking for money?!?! -- for what?? -- the Republican fantasy of a functioning democracy in Iraq has failed.

The moron Republicans thought you can install "freedom and democracy" in Iraq the same way you put in a franchise fast food outlet outside of Lubbock.

The waste of human lives and billions of taxpayer dollars is humbling...and it is far, far from over -- and far, far from decided.

Lee,Why don't you ... (Below threshold)
kirktoe:

Lee,

Why don't you stop making yourself sound like a total ***-hole and actually read the speech about the progress in Iraq? Or is he just lying about it?

BTW, I haven't heard the French denounce Hezzbolah, have you? Yet libs like you consider them an ally.

Better yet how about the Democrats? Haven't heard much from them AT ALL on what's taking place in the Mid-East (hint: they're not condeming Hezzbolah either).

And wasn't it just a few months ago the libs were copmplaining that this guy was a "puppet" of the Bush administration? Now they flip to the other side and say because he's not totally on board with everything the US says, he should be ignored?

All this is about is trying to make Bush look bad. You lib's will take any position necessary to try and smear the President.

You are not capable of intellectual thought.

Lee,What would you... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Lee,

What would you suggest for the path of Iraq if not democracy?

Are you insinuating in your post that only Republicans hope for a democratic Iraq? If so, what do the Democrats hope for?

We don't need "hope". This ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

We don't need "hope". This isn't Sunday School.

What we do need is leadership in Washington that doesn't send sockpuppets to Congress asking for more money the way King George did today. Turns out the sockpuppet is so Anti-Semite that he bites the hand that feeds him. Bad form. That will leave a scar in November.

Baghdad will be split into two or three zones, and what Reagan sent asunder George Walker Bush has rebuilt -- a walled city -- a symbol of failure that will fester for decades as a monument to the stupidity of this war.

but wait... there's more. Two and half years of Republican mistakes and failures ahead of us.

I read that, quite frankly,... (Below threshold)

I read that, quite frankly, as Maliki asserting himself rather than kissing up to the US. And the remark about another 1991 and History? That sounded just a little bit like a threat. With just about every breath he's saying "I'm equal to you."

Why why why is it always the *left* that insists that we must have a puppet government in Iraq? That if they actually have (are allowed) sovereignty they'll devolve into greater problem than ever before. The people who "ought" to be militant control freaks are the *right*, right? Isn't that the stereotype?

But it's not. Look at the comments here. Look at who feels Maliki must be mouthing white house words. Look who talks about Iraq taking the route of Hamas. Look who pronounces a functional democracy nothing but a Republican fantasy.

Face it. Modern liberal and progressive attitudes do not include trust for anyone to be in charge of their own life. This is the polar opposite of classical liberal values.


"2 and half years------" an... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

"2 and half years------" and there is nothing old "pucker puss" (lee lee) can do about it but show his cowardly ass (which, by the way, is right under his nose). It it just me that thinks old "pucker puss" (lee lee) trys to sound like an intellect but comes across sounding like a nerdy dumbass?

jhow66,Others shar... (Below threshold)
d_Brit:

jhow66,

Others share that view as well. Just another loud mouth.

It's always about "Mr. Bush... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

It's always about "Mr. Bush's War" and how we're doomed to fail. So what if Mr. Bush does fail in "his" war? What would you do then? What are you doing to help?

Why the hell don't you and the rest of your liberal friends become part of the solution instead of part of the problem?

Go stroke your beards and think deep thoughts or something and let the grown-ups do their jobs.

"We don't need "hope"."<... (Below threshold)

"We don't need "hope"."

Wow. I ... I don't know what to say.

Lee:We do... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Lee:

We don't need "hope". This isn't Sunday School.

I'm assuming you mean "we don't need hope alone"...but I think hope is a good thing. It speaks of positive expectations.

What we do need is leadership in Washington that doesn't send sockpuppets to Congress asking for more money the way King George did today. Turns out the sockpuppet is so Anti-Semite that he bites the hand that feeds him. Bad form. That will leave a scar in November.

Maliki a sockpuppet? I was unware sockpuppets could offend or have their own opinions.

Baghdad will be split into two or three zones, and what Reagan sent asunder George Walker Bush has rebuilt -- a walled city -- a symbol of failure that will fester for decades as a monument to the stupidity of this war.

After that paragraph, I now see why you said we don't need hope, because you don't have any.

But you still didn't answer a big part of my question, I didn't ask for your opinion on our government, I asked what yours, and/or the Democrats path for Iraq was, besides running away.


In answer to dex's original... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

In answer to dex's original concern, I'll have to admit to some trepidation. The very meaning of the word Islam is "submission", and I find that hard to reconcile with "a person's liberty and rights". On the other hand, I find it encouraging that someone in the Arab world is, tacitly, getting close to addressing the absolute need for a reformation of Islam. It sounds like people like Maliki are realizing that they have a one-time golden opportunity here.

...true Islam, for which... (Below threshold)

...true Islam, for which a person's liberty and rights constitute essential cornerstones

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! That Al-Maliki guy is pretty funny...

Cousin Dave I hope there ar... (Below threshold)
dex:

Cousin Dave I hope there are enough people like Maliki to keep the reformation process alive long enough to make a difference. I suspect it will take many years if not decades.

It's always about "Mr. B... (Below threshold)
Lee:

It's always about "Mr. Bush's War" and how we're doomed to fail. So what if Mr. Bush does fail in "his" war? What would you do then? What are you doing to help?

"So what if it fails?" It's already failed. There is no security in the capital city, and there is no freedom without security. Baghdad will be a divided city (like old Berlin) within a year. The country will be split along secterian lines and will eventually consume "democratic Iraq" -- my guess is 2-3 years tops.

What we'll be left with in Iraq is a terrorist breeding ground far more dangerous than Saddam and his 20 year old WMDs. Fools, you people are absolute fools for backing this insanity, and then apologzing and defending it.

What are you doing to help? - Get the Republicans out of power in Washington.

In other words, Lee. It's ... (Below threshold)

In other words, Lee. It's a disaster. Will be a disaster. No matter what. So, how exactly, does *trying* make things worse?

It's good to know, though, that the democrats have NO ideas for getting a good (or at least better) result.

So what's to chose? Why try to get the Republicans out? How does that help anything?

Lee,Bush doesn't n... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Lee,

Bush doesn't need your help to look bad.
No truer words...

bobdog,

You broke it, you own it!!

Ahh LEE, There is no securi... (Below threshold)
914:

Ahh LEE, There is no security in Your hometown i bet? someone could walk up to you and blow you away and the cops would clean up the whole mess.
So whats Your point??




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