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4/4/03 - THE GLOBAL COALITION - 2003-04-07

The United States-led coalition went to war in Iraq reluctantly, yet with a clear purpose. Now that the fighting has began, said President George W. Bush, “the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force:”

“In this war our coalition is broad. More than forty countries from across the globe.”

The coalition includes Afghanistan. The Afghan government issued a statement that said "The Muslim people of Afghanistan, who have suffered much hardship from dictatorial regimes of the last two decades, want the elimination of despotism by the liberated will of the people of Iraq.”

Albania, through its Prime Minister, Fatos Nano, said, “We give unreserved support to the efforts by the United States and we are proud to be alongside our allies in the fight for the liberation of Iraqi people.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan expressed support to “the international coalition aimed at the speediest resolution of the Iraqi crisis.” Likewise, the government of Eritrea said that, “The decision taken by the Bush Administration to complete an unfinished job is very much welcome.”

The government of Georgia said their country, “which is now a member of the international coalition for Iraq’s disarmament, is ready to not only provide political support for the U.S., but also to provide its military infrastructure to U.S. troops.” South Korea’s president, Roh Moo-hyan, also supports “the measures taken by the international community, including the United States.” The coalition of the willing, brought together by President Bush, is firm in its commitment:

“The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.”

The U.S.-led coalition is committed to doing whatever is required to remove the regime of Saddam Hussein.