March 18th, 2004
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE LINDER REGARDING THE LIBERATION OF IRAQ
Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative John Linder delivered the following remarks on the floor of the United States House of Representatives regarding House Resolution 557, which relates to the liberation of the Iraqi people and the valiant service of the United States Armed Forces and Coalition forces:
"H.Res.557 was introduced to recognize the Iraqi people's suffering under Saddam Hussein, the significant advances being made in Iraq since last March, and the courage of U.S. and coalition forces as they strive to bring order and stability to the country."
"The media is accurate in its reports of the difficulties that still face U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. But, there are also positive events taking place every day that deserve recognition, and are largely ignored by the media."
"Probably the greatest accomplishment is that Iraqis are returning to their lives and are enjoying freedoms that never could have existed under Saddam Hussein. Under his regime, most Iraqis lived in terror on a daily basis. Now, the people of Iraq have the opportunity to shape their history as they choose. The Iraqi people recently took the first step in shaping their future with the recent signing of the Iraqi interim Constitution into law."
"Other notable advancements in Iraq over the last year include the rise in oil production to roughly pre-March 2003 levels, the circulation of the new Iraqi currency, and the repair of critical infrastructure and roads. Additionally, the electricity supply has become more stable, and many Iraqi hospitals are up and running."
"The number of Iraqis that have joined the Iraqi police force, border patrols, and Army, has also increased, allowing Iraqi citizens to participate in the protection of their own infrastructure."
"Iraq is still a dangerous place. Not only for Iraqi citizens, but also for U.S. and coalition forces. I commend U.S. and Coalition forces for their dedication, sacrifice, and service in Iraq, and I salute them for helping to make our world a safer place."
"The task of rebuilding Iraq will be no easy feat, and it will certainly take time. However, I am encouraged by the positive events of the last year and I believe it is in the U.S.' interests and the world's, to persevere and create a stable and democratic Iraq."