I believe in this beautiful country. I have studied its roots and gloried in the wisdom of its magnificent Constitution. I have marveled at the wisdom of its founders and framers. Generation after generation of Americans has understood the lofty ideals that underlie our great Republic. I have been inspired by the story of their sacrifice and their strength.
But, today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned.
Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience or threaten recrimination. Instead of isolating Saddam Hussein, we seem to have isolated ourselves. We proclaim a new doctrine of preemption, which is understood by few and feared by many. We say that the United States has the right to turn its firepower on any corner of the globe, which might be suspect in the war on terrorism. We assert that right without the sanction of any international body. As a result, the world has become a much more dangerous place.
We flaunt our superpower status with arrogance. We treat UN Security Council members like ingrates who offend our princely dignity by lifting their heads from the carpet. Valuable alliances are split. After war has ended, the United States will have to rebuild much more than the country of Iraq. We will have to rebuild America's image around the globe.
The case this Administration tries to make to justify its fixation with war is tainted by charges of falsified documents and circumstantial evidence. We cannot convince the world of the necessity of this war for one simple reason. This is a war of choice. There is no credible information to connect Saddam Hussein to 9/11. The twin towers fell because a world-wide terrorist group, Al Qaeda, with cells in over 60 nations, struck at our wealth and our influence by turning our own planes into missiles, one of which would likely have slammed into the dome of this beautiful Capitol except for the brave sacrifice of the passengers on board.
The brutality seen on September 11th and in other terrorist attacks we have witnessed around the globe are the violent and desperate efforts by extremists to stop the daily encroachment of western values upon their cultures. That is what we fight. It is a force not confined to borders. It is a shadowy entity with many faces, many names, and many addresses.
But, this Administration has directed all of the anger, fear, and grief, which emerged from the ashes of the twin towers and the twisted metal of the Pentagon towards a tangible villain, one we can see and hate and attack. And villain he is. But, he is the wrong villain. And this is the wrong war. If we attack Saddam Hussein, we will probably drive him from power. But, the zeal of our friends to assist our global war on terrorism may have already taken flight.
The general unease surrounding this war is not just due to "orange alert." There is a pervasive sense of rush and risk and too many questions unanswered. How long will we be in Iraq? What will be the cost? What is the ultimate mission? How great is the danger at home?
A pall has fallen over the Senate Chamber. We avoid our solemn duty to debate the one topic on the minds of all Americans, even while scores of thousands of our sons and daughters faithfully do their duty in Iraq.
What is happening to this country? When did we become a nation, which ignores and berates our friends? When did we decide to risk undermining international order by adopting a radical and doctrinaire approach to using our awesome military might? How can we abandon diplomatic efforts when the turmoil in the world cries out for diplomacy?
Why can this President not seem to see that America's true power lies not in its will to intimidate, but in its ability to inspire? War appears inevitable. But, I continue to hope that the cloud will lift. Perhaps Saddam will yet turn tail and run. Perhaps reason will somehow still prevail. I along with millions of Americans will pray for the safety of our troops, for the innocent civilians in Iraq, and for the security of our homeland. May God continue to bless the United States of America in the troubled days ahead, and may we somehow recapture the vision, which for the present eludes us.
Speech delivered on the floor of the US Senate, March 19, 2003
Courage is not in the fire power being poured on the innocent in Iraq/Afghanistan,etc. True courage is the voice of the senator and a few others like him.
Thank you senator, for speaking for the majority.
All AMERICANS must critisize what their present goverment is doing, this is not good at all.
Why must AMERICA Kill HUNDRED THOUSANDS Innocent Civillian just for a change of regime, Ism't there any other option other than war. IRAQ
Why must AMERICA Destroy a country and kill civilians just 4 a single person ( USAMA ).
THIS QUESTIONS CAN NOT BE ANSWERED BY BUSH HIMSELF.
THE IMAGE, THE IMAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT.
Last verse, from The Book of Allah, AL-QURAN.
Sir you deserved to be called a SIR!!!.
May Almighty Allah bless you and your family for being a Real Human from the bottom of your Heart.
here listed below is the link to the article about the Iraq and U.S partnership in the 80's, Bush #1, VP Dick Cheney, Clinton, and Bush #2.
cut and past the following link into your browser window. If the link doesn't work, you can read the article at msnbc.com it is titled "12 Year Itch".
Why arab countries along with others responsible islamic states are silent on this shamefull tragedy over Iraq and on Afghanistan in the past. These leaders should know they are also responsible for this act and they will be ask, because they are silent on barbarism.
United States is the most terrorist state itself, Every where in the world US use 1st nuclear weapons, they use chemicle weapons in Afghanistan. If compare the terrorism of United States with other terrorist organisations you will find that America kill more Civilians then any other they use nuclear weapons no one use till today they use Biological and chemical weapons. So any one have rights to make its own conclutions.
You have my utmost admiration for speaking up for the anti-war movement, we have to bring this conflict to a halt as soon as possible or otherwise we have all failed our future generations. Power to the people (:-)
some or many people on earth like me have been greatly disappointed by a nation we loved dearly-america.america has a bigger battle to fight after this war,in the way of winning back his ''friends turn enemeis as individuals and as nations.thank you.
America has demonstrated time and again its misdeeds agains the poorest of the poor nations in the world and it is only a matter of time before the Empire of unjusts will fall and most of the problems in the world will be automatically solved.
America has to go back to its roots if it wants to survive. Human values need to be restored or the citizens of America will not find a place to be welcome anywhere. The Americans might start to dislike each other based on the hate that it has created.
First of all, I would've liked to have gotten support for this action from the United Nations. It is much to costly financially and in human life to fight a war like this in a 2 nation coalition.
Second of all, yes the U.S did make a mistake in helping Saddam along early in his career. I can't answer entirely for what our government does.
My third point is that yes God (Allah) knows the heart, as someone mentioned on here. God knows that I would like nothing more than to have world peace. To achieve that peace, however, should we look the other way away from human suffering? In my heart, I don't want to see or hear about child servitude in India, violence and death at Tianamin (spelling?) Square in China, a soccer stadium set up by the Taliban for beheadings or lashings in Afghanistan, etc. However, I feel that the U.S tries to do more about those type things than other countries. God (Allah) knows my heart, but I, personally, don't know President Bush's full agenda for the war. I just feel that Saddam should be out and the people of Iraq should elect their own leader.
My fourth point is that, yes you all have made some good points. I've read many of your posts and I agree that it would've been better to have handled this problem with diplomacy. However, Saddam has had 12 years to comply with U.N sanctions, but he ignored the rules of the U.N.
My biggest question is
why is it that President Bush and America are such villains, but nobody on here condemns the careless acts of Saddam? He seems more interested in saving himself than caring for his people.
Parvez, while I respect your opinion, you ask why is this site Anti-American? Nearly every article posted here condemns the actions of our elected representatives in Washington.
I'm smart enough to realize that CNN, FOX, NBC, ABC, and others are biased. This website, however, is
Saddam is a madman who would love to destroy us so he has to be stopped.
This is the begining for the fall of the United States and Israel. Muslims will very soon rule the world and spread peace and justice around the world, instead of violence and arrogance under the logo of "Peace".
America is getting weak economically, physically, and mentally. And this will go on until it falls.
Israel will follow this fall with the end of the Palestine occupation, and going out of the lands of Palestine. This occupation cannot end with peace. It will only end once the muslims unite and force the Jews out of our lands.
Everything which America and Israel are doing to the world and islam in particular, will come back on them very soon.
Please let us know what part of the site is Anti-American?
This site is very easy to navigate and possesses good search tools, so it should take you too much time to find material to backup your statements. Hope to read you soon.
Good day to you and your.
I write this comment with great respect to you and your people but today as you have stated the present government in USA is destroying the values and principles of law of yours and the world. Isn't there anyone to stop it? Where is UN and its Charter obligations? and general assembly?
You preach democracy yet you don't abide with it. The people of your country and the world is pleading not to wage war. Yet the government of the mother of democracy is no less than a dictator like Saddam. What is the difference between Saddam and G. W? Both are waging war after war against human beings. Since your independence and world war two how many wars have you fought? Are they in the name of democracy and peace? Do you acheive peace through war and by inflicting pain to others?
We never learn from our mistakes!
why is it that Bush had to brow beat tiny countries into remaning netural or suppourting it by paying bribes? Dont you feel ashamed about your country which has to brow beat or bribe every other poor country to suppourt you. You feel because you have offical statements suppourting the war from a few countries you are right.
Or do you mean Anti-Americanism is suppourting anything that the US does? May be you are one of the arrogant people who belives that you are gods gift to humanity and thus deserverve love and affection what ever you do.
You want us to like USA, sure we do. Only we dont like what USA does around the world. Not that it would bother you. The same Rumsfield was embracign the Saddam regime and infact supplying him the weapons and deliviry systems to gass his own people.
On the other hand people like Robert would not mind doing the same to any people who want to destory and break up US. Some how if saddam deals with his seperatists they call him evil. What about the people who armed him and supplied him the chemicals and deliviry systems? What about the people who continued to deliver these weapons to saddam? Arent they the evil too. I would say they are a greater evil for they mask their true selves in the guise of fancy words.
Allah knows what is in every ones heart. My advice to robert and his likes is to remeber that.
At a time when USA suppourts every tin pot dictator around the world who wreak havock on their people you ask us to love what US does. Strange request.
Ofcourse, they would only show you Arabs and Muslims burning American flag.that s how it oalways work in Znn (zinoinst news network) and Faux(false in French).
why don't you check out Yahoo photos of ppl from Brazil,Greece,Thailand, ...etc doing the same thing.
Is everyone wrong except for arrogant muslims? Who blame everyone and anyone who disagrees as kuffar.
Never has it crossed anyones mind that some good may come out of the removal of a tyrant like Saddam. Or maybe I shouldn't criticize him because he is an Arab Muslim?
We are on the wrong path or the crooked path and we will be punished as long as we continue down this path of arrogance, anger, pride and intolerance.
May Allah guide us and may we accept his guidance.
Please don't fret too much about America's new "getting it done" thing. Just consider it an attempt to undo twelve years of international consensus.
Muhammad is the Messenger of God. (May God bless him.)
Peace and blessings, to you, as well.
regarding left wing liberal democrats in the U.S.
"The total hypocrisy of the left never ceases to amaze me. Saddam has killed as many as 1 million people.
He wiped out entire villages with chemical & biological weapons-
so where were the human rights protesters?
He set fire to hundreds of oil wells after the gulf war. So where were the environmental activists?
He ordered the torture and rape of women and girls
So where was the national organization for women?
Anyone talking out against
Saddam gets his tongue ripped out
So where were the civil rights activist?
France has done over a billion dollars worth of business with Iraq
So where were the signs that said "Protecting mass murder for profit."
There were over 6 million Jews, Catholics and Homosexuals exterminated by Hilter in the 1940's Meanwhile, the death count in Iraq is over 1 million. Containment has cost too much in human lives already. How many more must die before the moral police (here in the U.S) decide that it is worth fighting to stop?"
Here is my viewpoint. How many of his own family or friends has Bush killed to become president? Answer: none. If the American public disapproves of him, he will not be reelected.
If left undettered, how many will Saddam kill to stay in power?
something to think about!
It is sad. But as many such arrogant people have discovered throught history these arrogant people waging a illegal war will also come face to face with the truth of the human capacity to overlook power and side with the just.
to war. Most American citizens were too patriotic and said "let the United Nations decide" "Lets give peace a chance". They should have said: "We need the evidence that Saddam, (Mr Evil) does provide military & logistic support to AlQaeeda and we need evidence that Usama is behind the bombing of the twin towers and the Pentagon".
I guess they hate us too much and they dont care about Arabs lives to the point that assumption and suspicion seems to them as evidence to go to war. If it wasnt for the international community that stood against this mouse/elephant war, most Americans would just say: "Sorry Iraqi children the ends justify the means". What the son of a Bush and Dick Cheeney call Operation Iraqi Freedom should actually be termed Operation Iraqi Genocide or White Genghis Khan Invasion Part II or The Fourth Crusade. I will be very surprised if the American peoples demande the right to Zionist free media and a chance to watch the Arab point of view. -Why Arabs and others are almost always represented by the zionist/western media?
-Dont you think you should use you brain and fight to know who the real Arab is and who the real oriental is and who the latino is and who the real indian is? For Allah's sake let Aljazeera newsnetwork air in North America and Europe to speak for us. Why you like it if the Iraqi Newsnetwork replaces CNN to represent you to Arab Nations???
May light and peace overcome,
we want peace....
may allah (saw) help the muslims
Allah, in your wisdom and mercy, protect us all.
I must say that how i wish a man like Senator Robert Byrd had been elected the president of the USA.
I pray Allah's protection for the people that will be affected by this unwarranted act of terrorism.
Two hundred years in the making, it will be a fraction of that period for it to be flushed in the toilettes of history thanks to mediocre politicians and ignorant cowboys that form the last 5 or 6 US administrations, what a pity for such a great country.