This is an important week for America and for the world. The
United Nations will vote today on a resolution bringing the civilized
world together to disarm Saddam Hussein.
The United Nations can today fulfill its responsibilities to
make sure that 11 years of defiance do not go unanswered. The UN
resolution is a statement of intent to disarm Saddam Hussein once and
Saddam Hussein is a threat to his country, to people in his
region, and to the world. For the sake of peace, America has an
obligation to lead. If Saddam won't disarm, we will lead an
international coalition to disarm him.
War is not the first choice but the last. Nevertheless, it is
an option in order to make the world a more peaceful place. It's up to
Saddam Hussein, however, to make that choice.
America has never sought to conquer, but to liberate. The
Iraqi people can have a better life than they have now. There are
alternatives to a dictator willing to rape and mutilate and murder in
order to stay in power.