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Senate Proceeding on Mar 16th, 2009 :: 2:24:30 to 2:32:15
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Jon Kyl

2:24:26 to 2:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Kyl: over the course of three days, tens of thousands of victims

Joseph Lieberman

2:24:30 to 2:32:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

2:24:35 to 2:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: were sploazed twere which causes cancer and sairn gas which can -- saran gas which can kill and paralyze and cau lasting damage. over the course of thee days of bombing it is believed at least 5,000 civilians were murdered. the attack on the area was not

Joseph Lieberman

2:24:57 to 2:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the only instance in which the former mass murder with chemical weapons. on the contrary, it was just one of vent i -- one event against the kurds led

Joseph Lieberman

2:25:19 to 2:25:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: his henchmen, including "chemical ali." for 18 monthsetween 1987 and 1988 it is e saddam's forces destroyed several thousand iraqi-kurdish villains and murdered approximately 100,000 iraqi kurds.

Joseph Lieberman

2:25:41 to 2:26:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the majority of them, unarmed civilians. at least 40 chemical weapon attacks have been documented. the first time in human history that a government has used weapons of mass destruction against its own citizens.

Joseph Lieberman

2:26:02 to 2:26:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in her pri pulitzer prize winning book "a problem for held," the author describes the asslt on the area. it is a chilling account. the chemical weapons were dropped from aircraft that flew over the city and the author

Joseph Lieberman

2:26:23 to 2:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: says -- and i quote -- "many families tumbled into primitive air raid shelters they built outside their homes. within the gases seeped through the cracks they pored out into the streets in a panic. there they found friends and family members frozen in time

Joseph Lieberman

2:26:46 to 2:27:06( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: like a modern slumped behind a baby carriage holding the hand of a loved one or shielding a child from the poisoned air. or, calmly collapsed behind a car steering wheel. not everyone who was exposed died instantly," she continues. "some who inhaled the chemicals

Joseph Lieberman

2:27:07 to 2:27:30( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: continued to stumble around town blinded by the gas, giggling uncontrollably or, because their nerves were malfunctioning, buckling at the knees." madam president, on the anniversary of this horrific attack, i would urge my colleagues to pause and reflect

Joseph Lieberman

2:27:31 to 2:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: on the lessons it teaches us. what happened there should remind us that there is, unfortunately, such a thing as evil in the world and that we in the united states not only protect r security but uphold our most cherished humanitarian

Joseph Lieberman

2:27:52 to 2:28:14( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: values when we it should also remind us there are leaders in the wld whose conduct is unconstrained by the most back rules of humanity, whose only interest is their own power and who are willing to do anything necessary no matter unspeakable or cruel to perpetuate their power.

Joseph Lieberman

2:28:15 to 2:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: this should remind us of the extraordinary danger posed by rogue states that possess weapon why we and our allies must be prepared to take extraordinary measures to prevent the world's most dangerous regimes from getting the world's most dangerous armaments.

Joseph Lieberman

2:28:37 to 2:28:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and finally, it should remind us that despite the many mistakes and missteps that the bush administration made in the course of the war in iraq, all who value human rights should be deeply grateful that saddam hussein and his terrible regime are gone and now consigned to the dust bin ofistory.

Joseph Lieberman

2:28:59 to 2:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and if anyone doubts that the world is a better, safe are place with saddam gone, they need only look to the history of what happened on this day, 21 years ago. madam president, two decades ago the kurdish inhabited regions of

Joseph Lieberman

2:29:22 to 2:29:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: iraq were decimated and depopulated by one of the 20th century's most vicious and tyrannical despots but fortunately the story does not end there.

Joseph Lieberman

2:29:45 to 2:30:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: today,thanks in no smawrlt protection of the united states, the kurds of iraq have rebuilt and their region is flourishing. the great kurdish cities of a biehl, sulaimaniyah are the safest in iraq they are booming economically and the kurdish people have emerger merged from the yoke of

Joseph Lieberman

2:30:08 to 2:30:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: tyranny to become some of megs's best and most loyal allies anywhere in the the leaders of the kurdistan government still face challenges. they need to pursue further political reform and economic liberalization. they must fight corruption and continue to work with the democratically elected government in baghdad to ensure

Joseph Lieberman

2:30:29 to 2:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that disputes over contested territory in northern iraq, including in the city of kirkuk, are resolved peacefully and not through violence and i am confident th indeed, in a remarkable -- i would say miraculous -- turn of history, 21 years after the

Joseph Lieberman

2:30:53 to 2:31:16( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: atrocity of halabjah, the kurds of iraq have at least assumed their rightful role in shaping the future of the great country of which they are a part. today the kurds of iraq enjoy the same rights and privileges as every other iraqi citizen. and their representatives sit in a

Joseph Lieberman

2:31:17 to 2:31:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: parliament in baghdad. and perhaps in the most miraculous of all turns of events, and in one of the great historical justices of our time, saddam hussein, that evil tyrant

Joseph Lieberman

2:31:38 to 2:31:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: who ordered tens of thousands of kurds, has been replaced as president of iraq by a great kurdish patriot, a freedom fighter and a great friend the united states, jal a al talabani.

Joseph Lieberman

2:31:59 to 2:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that is something that the survivors a could never have possibly imagined. as we pause to rember the victims of halabjah today, we should also give thanks for the extraordinary progress that has been achieved

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