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    Why we should fight Iraq
    February 11, 2003

    US President George W Bush has delivered a personal message to the Australian public, warning the risks of doing nothing about Iraq far outweighed the risks involved in disarming Saddam Hussein.

    President Bush said the Iraqi president was a threat to the American people and its friends and allies and invoked God in proclaiming the Iraqi peoples' right to liberty.

    During a news conference yesterday with Prime Minister John Howard after their meeting at the White House, the president was asked: "There are many Australians and others who are still not convinced that they should be going to war with you. At this late stage, what's your personal message to them?"

    President Bush replied: "My personal message is that I want to keep the peace and make the world more peaceful.

    "I understand why people don't like to commit the military to action. I can understand that. I'm the person in this country that hugs the mothers and the widows if their son or husband dies. I know people would like to avoid armed conflict. And so would I. But the risks of doing nothing far outweigh the risks of whatever it takes to disarm Saddam Hussein.

    "I"ve thought long and hard about this issue. My job is to protect the American people from further harm. I believe that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the American people. I also know he's a threat to our friends and allies.

    "The second thing - my message is, and I started speaking about this today, I also have got great compassion and concern for the Iraqi people.

    "These are people who have been tortured and brutalised, people who have been raped because they may disagree with Saddam Hussein. He's a brutal dictator.

    "In this country and in Australia people believe that everybody has got worth, everybody counts, that everybody is equal in the eyes of the Almighty. So the issue is not only peace, the issue is freedom and liberty.

    "I made it clear in my State of Union - and the people of Australia must understand this - I don't believe liberty is America's gift to the world; I believe it is God's gift to humanity."

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