L. Paul Bremer
Statement on Ashoura Bombings
Today terrorists have again struck the Iraqi people. We of
the Coalition offer our deepest sympathy to the families of those who were
murdered and to the wounded. We pray for your strength in this time of
Along with civilized people everywhere we share your
horror at these evil acts and utterly condemn the acts and those who
carried them out.
We of the Coalition will not abandon the people
of Iraq. The Coalition is even now providing all possible medical care for
the wounded. And I pledge the full capacity of the Coalition to bring
these murderers to justice as Iraq continues its march to democracy and
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Terrorists have murdered and maimed on
one of the holiest days of the year, the day that commemorates the death
of Imam Hussein.
We know they did this as part of an effort to
provoke sectarian violence among Muslims. We know they chose this day so
that they could kill as many innocents as possible.
anyone want sectarian violence?
The terrorists want sectarian
violence because they believe that is the only way they can stop Iraq’s
march toward the democracy that the terrorists fear.
We know that
the terrorists fear democracy because they said so. In a recent letter the
terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wrote that democracy was coming to Iraq and
that once Iraq was democratic there would be no pretext for attacks. And
so Zarqawi has admitted that the terrorists are in a race against time.
It is a race they will lose.
They will lose because the
Iraqi people want and will have democracy, freedom and a sovereign Iraqi
An Iraqi government is coming. This week, after an
appropriate period of mourning, the Iraqi Governing Council will sign the
Transitional Administrative Law. That law brings with it all that the
• They fear an Iraqi government controlled only by
• They fear equality before the law for all of Iraq’s
• They fear Democracy.
After the law is signed, Iraq’s
journey to a future of hope will continue.
On June 30, the
Coalition will turn sovereignty over to the Iraqi people. Next year there
will be three elections and Iraq will end 2005 with an elected government
sovereign throughout the Land Between Two Rivers.
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stands at the forefront of the war on terrorism.
It is, at heart,
a war between the forces of decency and the forces of evil.
a war between those who value and defend the innocent and those who murder
the innocent and hold them valueless.
It is a war for Iraq’s
future, a war between a future of hope and a future of fear.
Coalition stands firmly with the forces of decency, with those who protect
the innocent, with those who will bring about Iraq’s future of