The Corner

Justify Me

Some in this chamber, and in our country, did not support the liberation of

Iraq. Objections to war often come from principled motives. But let us be

candid about the consequences of leaving Saddam Hussein in power. We are

seeking all the facts ? already the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of

mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment

that Iraq concealed from the United Nations. Had we failed to act, the

dictator’s weapons of mass destruction programs would continue to this day. Had

we failed to act, Security Council resolutions on Iraq would have been revealed

as empty threats, weakening the United Nations and encouraging defiance by

dictators around the world. Iraq’s torture chambers would still be filled with

victims ? terrified and innocent. The killing fields of Iraq ? where hundreds

of thousands of men, women, and children vanished into the sands ? would still

be known only to the killers. For all who love freedom and peace, the world

without Saddam Hussein’s regime is a better and safer place.