Listen to the words, from just a few years back, of a great statesman, as he condemns the evils of terrorism!
"The most ruthless man of the present day who ... as early as [a few years ago] had conceived a plan of devastating and, if possible, destroying [this country] in a bloody war, because she was growing too powerful in her peaceful prosperity, had at last found an instrument in the [foreign] state, and prepared to draw the sword for their interests and aims."
Yeah, those darn Islamofascists hate us for our peace and prosperity, and they're gonna hurt us!
Golly, we tried peace, both those nasty people, especially the fringe extremists, want war! Can't we all just get along?
"The driving personality behind this mad and devilish plan of starting war at any price was [Saddam Hussein] and his accomplices, the men in the present [Iraqi] Government. They were trying to get support, openly and secretly, from the [other governments] on this side and on the other side of the ocean. ... Under these circumstances, and to spare innocent and decent people, who, no doubt, exist also in that other world, I decided to make another appeal to the statesmen. [Last year], I declared that [America] had no grievance against [Iraq], and I pointed out the horrors that modern arms would bring to large areas once they were unbridled."
"The [Iraqi] warmongers, and [those funding them], found no other interpretation of my considerations of humanity than the assumption of [American] weakness. ... They declared that peace could not come about until [America] was destroyed."
They hate us, and won't stop until we're destroyed! We wanted peace, but they refused!
"[Last year, I spoke to Congress] to give expression to the nation's gratitude to its soldiers. Again I took the opportunity of that meeting to appeal to the world for peace. I did not permit any doubts that my hopes in this direction could only be slight, in view of my experiences. ... Events happened exactly as I had predicted. My peace offer was alleged to be a sign of fear and cowardice. The [Iraqi] warmongers again succeeded in blurring the sanity of the masses, who cannot gain by this war. They succeeded in awakening new hopes by lying statements, and finally, with the help of a public opinion directed by their Press, made the people continue the fight."
The [Iraqi] people have been duped by their government, which lies to them, and tricked them into starting a war.
"[America is] not at all interested in territorial questions and the internal state of the [middle-eastern] countries from any selfish interests. Second, [America] has always endeavored to open up and consolidate close economic relations with these countries."
Yeah, we just wanted friendly trade. We don't want conquest or anything. We only want peace!
"In this campaign, the [American] armed forces have truly surpassed themselves. The actual deployment of the troops offered tremendous difficulties. ... The units performed tasks worthy of the highest praise not only of the men, their ability, courage, endurance, but also of the quality of the material."
Hooray for our guys! We're the good guys, you know (and our war toys are the best).
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