Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, February 5, 2003
For IMMEDIATE Release
Hyde Comments on Powell Report on Iraq
History has taught us that we cannot permit a murderous
tyrant like Saddam Hussein to tear up his agreements and to freely arm himself
with a destructive capacity for use against the United States and the
(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL),
chairman of the House International Relations Committee, commented on todays
presentation by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell before the U.N. Security
Secretary Powell presented a compelling argument and detailed
evidence that should persuade anyone capable of being persuaded that Saddam
continues to develop weapons of mass destruction. I am convinced that war can be
avoided only if Saddam Hussein acts immediately to destroy his arsenal of
weapons of mass destruction, weapons he has freely used in the past and which he
agreed to eliminate after his defeat in the Gulf War in 1991. His continuing
failure to comply with numerous mandates of the United Nations threatens to
reduce the UN to a meaningless institution unless the Security Council acts to
enforce its resolutions.
History has taught us that we cannot permit a murderous tyrant like Saddam
Hussein to tear up his agreements and to freely arm himself with a destructive
capacity for use against the United States and the international community.
Saddam Hussein would not squander his countrys resources on these weapons
unless he intended to use them or give them to terrorists and others who have
demonstrated a willingness to die in order to sow chaos and death. We can be
certain that if terrorists acquire these weapons, they will use them, and we may
find ourselves mourning the deaths of millions, not thousands.
Saddam has ignored repeated warnings from the United States and from the
international community that he must disarm or face war. We must now demonstrate
to those who would harm us that our warnings are not empty words and that we
will act decisively to defend ourselves.