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updated 4/1/2004 4:49:24 PM ET 2004-04-01T21:49:24

Our prayers today are with the families of American citizens who lost their lives in Iraq today under the most gruesome of circumstances.  Charred corpses of Americans were dragged through the streets of Fallujah, a former stronghold of dictator Saddam Hussein.  In a scene eerily reminiscent of Somali‘s “Black Hawk Down” saga, subhuman people did the unspeakable to America‘s fallen. 

Now, say what you will about America, but if Osama bin Laden were found tomorrow in the middle of Times Square, I believe even enraged New Yorkers would protect him from mob violence. 

Maybe that‘s the difference between Americans and these Fallujah thugs.  And maybe that explains why we‘re the most powerful country in the world and they are still scratching out a meager existence.

But the Americans soldiers who are serving to make Iraq democratic --  they tell me that the thugs we see on TV spreading mayhem and violence are outnumbered. They’re as outnumbered as murderous gang members who kill children and mothers in drive-by shootings here in America.  Saddam‘s former Stalinist goons may have had their day today, but the people of Iraq will own this century.  Freedom will reign, I believe, because of American G.I.‘s and coalition partners.  Fallujah is not the graveyard of Americans.  A democratic Iraq is the graveyard of Islamic terrorists and of Arab totalitarianism. 

Iraq is not Somalia, and we are not going anywhere until Iraq is free.  And mark my words, democracy, and not death is in Iraq's destiny.  May God bless our fallen leaders and God bless the people of Iraq. 

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