ROSKAM STATEMENT ON AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM AND SECURITY SUPPORT ACT OF 2007
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 2446, the Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act of 2007:
"Nearly six years after the attacks of September 11th and the liberation of Afghanistan, it remains of the utmost importance that the United States and international community continue to support this fledgling democracy and ensure the protection of human rights.
"Afghanistan's government is still vulnerable, under constant attack from remnants of the Taliban and other insurgent groups, including foreign fighters linked with Al-Qaeda.
"The Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act of 2007 works to address the major instability issues Afghanistan still faces. As the world's largest producer of opium, this legislation provides much needed support to fight the massive and growing narcotics trade there, which is the largest threat to short- and long-term stability. The drug trade undermines the Afghan government by corrupting national and local officials, and endangers us all by funding terrorist groups who are determined to derail democracy in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
"In addition to addressing the narcotics problem, this legislation also provides $90 million to assist Afghan women and girls. These often overlooked victims, subjected to unspeakable oppression under Taliban rule, will now benefit from expanded health care, education, psychological counseling, and vocational training.
"This bill affirms America's commitment to protecting mankind's inalienable right to liberty. Working together toward stability in Afghanistan will increase the security of the region while also protecting America and freedom loving countries in the fight against terror."