"…and the terrorists cannot stand this", said Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki today in an address to the US Congress. He spoke on many topics, but the defeat of terrorism was his major theme.
Thank you for your continued resolve in helping us fight the terrorists plaguing Iraq, which is a struggle to defend our nation's democracy and our people who aspire to liberty, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. All of those are not Western values; they are universal values for humanity.
They are as much for me the pinnacle embodiment of my faith and religion, and they are for all free spirits.
The war on terror is a real war against those who wish to burn out the flame of freedom. And we are in this vanguard for defending the values of humanity.
I know that some of you here question whether Iraq is part of the war on terror. Let me be very clear: This is a battle between true Islam, for which a person's liberty and rights constitute essential cornerstones, and terrorism, which wraps itself in a fake Islamic cloak; in reality, waging a war on Islam and Muslims and values.
And spreads hatred between humanity, contrary to what come in our Koran, which says, "We have created you of male and female and made you tribes and families that you know each other." Surely (inaudible) of you in the sight of God is the best concept.
The truth is that terrorism has no religion. Our faith says that who kills an innocent, as if they have killed all mankind.
But even a visiting head of state is not immune to the boorishness of the left:
Protester: Iraqis want the troops to leave! Bring them home now! Iraqis want the troops to leave! Bring them home now!
Speaker Hastert: If our honored guest will suspend for the moment, the chair notes disturbance in the gallery. The sergeant at arms will secure order by removing those engaging in disruption.
Protester: Bring them home now!
Speaker Hastert: The gentleman may resume.
Prime Minister Maliki: Hope over fear; liberty over oppression; dignity over submission; democracy over dictatorship; federalism over a centralist state.
Let there be no doubt: Today Iraq is a democracy which stands firm because of the sacrifices of its people and the sacrifices of all those who stood with us in this crisis from nations and countries.
Poor behavior on a historic occasion. Sadly, to too many people these days, freedom of speech means freedom from manners. There are times and places for protest. This was not one.
His entire address is quite good. Do read it if you get a chance.
UPDATE: See Flopping Aces, too.