For Immediate Release
April 11, 2003
The regime of Saddam Hussein is being removed from power, and a long
era of fear and cruelty is ending. Coalition forces are now operating
inside Baghdad - and we will not stop until Saddam's corrupt gang is
gone. The government of Iraq, and the future of your country, will
soon belong to you.
The goals of our Coalition are clear and limited. Coalition forces
will help maintain law and order. We will respect your great religious
traditions, whose principles of equality and compassion are essential
to Iraq's future. We will help you build a peaceful and representative
government that protects the rights of all citizens. And then our
military forces will leave. Iraq will go forward as a unified and
sovereign nation that has regained a respected place in the world.
The United States and its Coalition partners respect the people of
Iraq. We are taking unprecedented measures to spare the lives of
innocent Iraqis, and are beginning to deliver food, water and medicine
to those in need. Our only enemy is Saddam's brutal regime.
In the new era that is coming to Iraq, you will be free to build a
better life, and all the people who make up your country - Kurds, Shi'a,
Turkomans, Sunnis, and others - will be free of the terrible
persecution so many have endured.
Iraqis are a good and gifted people - the heirs of a great
civilization that contributes to all humanity. You deserve better than tyranny and corruption and torture chambers. You deserve to live as free people.