Relating to The Liberation of The Iraqi People and The Valiant Service of The United States Armed Forces and Coalition Forces -- (House of Representatives - March 17, 2004)
Mr. HYDE. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 561, I call up the resolution (H. Res. 557) relating to the liberation of the Iraqi people and the valiant service of the United States Armed Forces and Coalition forces, and ask for its immediate consideration.
The Clerk read the title of the resolution.
The text of House Resolution 557 is as follows:
H. Res. 557
Whereas Saddam Hussein and his regime committed crimes against humanity, systematically violating the human rights of Iraqis and citizens of other countries;
Whereas Saddam Hussein's terror regime subjected the Iraqi people to murder, torture, rape, and amputation;
Whereas on March 16, 1988, Saddam Hussein's regime had and unleashed weapons of mass destruction against Kurdish citizens, killing nearly 5,000 of them;
Whereas as many as 270 mass grave sites, containing the remains of as many as 400,000 victims of Saddam Hussein's regime, have been found in Iraq;
Whereas rape was used to intimidate the Iraqi population, with victims often raped in front of their families;
Whereas the regime punished the Marsh Arabs by draining the marshlands, which created hundreds of thousands of refugees and caused an ecological catastrophe;
Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338), passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 360 to 38, made it United States policy to support efforts to remove from power the regime headed by Saddam Hussein;
Whereas with the Iraqi regime failing to comply with 16 previously adopted United Nations Security Council resolutions, the Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 1441 on November 8, 2002, declaring that Iraq "has been and remains in material breach of its obligations under relevant resolutions, including resolution 687 (1991), in particular through Iraq's failure to cooperate with United Nations inspectors"; and
Whereas on October 10, 2002, the House of Representatives passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243) and on March 19, 2003, the United States initiated military operations in Iraq: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives-
(1) affirms that the United States and the world have been made safer with the removal of Saddam Hussein and his regime from power in Iraq;
(2) commends the Iraqi people for their courage in the face of unspeakable oppression and brutality inflicted on them by Saddam Hussein's regime;
(3) commends the Iraqi people on the adoption of Iraq's interim constitution; and
(4) commends the members of the United States Armed Forces and Coalition forces for liberating Iraq and expresses its gratitude for their valiant service.
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Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Speaker, I want to join my colleagues in commending the brave men and women who have liberated the Iraqi people. And I want to express my heartfelt sympathies to those families who have lost loved ones in battle. Did we do the right thing? I would say we did. Hundreds of mass graves containing the remains of as many as 400,000 victims of Saddam Hussein have been found in Iraq. For those of my colleagues who have not seen it, I would urge them to get a copy of "Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves," published by USAID. Let me quote from it:
"Rows of white bundles containing bones filled room after room. Families filed by searching for signs of those who had disappeared, some stolen during the night, others taken in daylight. Even small children were not spared the butchery. Some graves hold a few dozen bodies, their arms lashed together and the bullet holes in the backs of skulls testimony to their execution. Other graves go on for hundreds of meters, densely packed with thousands of bodies."
We have learned from survivors about Iraqi citizens being indiscriminately detained, men, women, children, the elderly, the blind, the aged, led to the edge of a swamp and executed one by one. Why? Just to let everybody know who was in charge. We know that Saddam's psychopath sons were as evil as their father. His eldest son Uday boasted that when it was his time to rule Iraq he would be even more brutal than Saddam. It was Uday who routinely had his thugs deliver women to him so he could rape them. It was he who was said to have fed a young woman to his attack dogs. It is he who reportedly abducted and violently raped a newlywed. After she committed suicide, he had her husband arrested and executed.
Now, because of the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces, Saddam is behind bars, Uday and Qusay are roasting in hell, and 25 million Iraqis are free.
Did we do the right thing? I think we did.
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