L. Paul Bremer
Coalition Provisional Authority
Statement on Bombing in Karada District Mount Lebanon Hotel
March 18, 2004
On behalf of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the United States of
America I extend condolences to the injured and to the families of those
murdered in the Karada district last night. Civilized people everywhere share
This latest outrage is piled atop other terrorist attacks against unarmed,
innocent civilians all over Iraq as well the terrorist bombings in Madrid last
week. From Nairobi to New York to Bali to Moscow to Karbala and Erbil, earlier
bombings have circled the globe. Those who deny that terrorists are operating
around the globe and are willing to attack any target are denying reality.
Here in Iraq there is little doubt that terrorists are doing everything within
their power to stop Iraq’s progress toward democracy. Their increasing tendency
to attack any available target that offers the chance of mass casualties tells
us that literally nothing is sacred to them. They are willing to kill religious
pilgrims, innocent Iraqis living next to a lightly protected hotel or anyone
Terrorists in Iraq seek to break the will of the Iraqi people. They believe that
if they spill enough Iraqi blood they can halt Iraq’s progress to democracy.
They are wrong.
I meet Iraqis every day. I have no doubt that the people of Iraq will not be
cowed by these terrorists. The Iraqi people have waited too long for democracy.
After suffering oppression, unnecessary wars and hundreds of thousands murdered
by Saddam’s regime they are not going to permit a small band of terrorist
evil-doers to stand between them and democracy.
We of the Coalition will stand with the people of Iraq against terrorism.