It was with great satisfaction that I learned that the Iraqi judicial system had carried out its verdict and Saddam Hussein has been executed. Few men have been responsible for such misery, pain, suffering and death as Hussein. Millions of Iraqis and their neighbors can now rest easier knowing that he and his fellow travelers will never rule again.
Closer to home, I want to remind everyone that this act of justice was made possible by the sacrifices and valor of American military personnel. It was the US Army that found Saddam cowering in a hole like a rat in a sewer and hauled him off to prison. It was the American military who made it possible for Iraqis to vote in peace to establish a government that would withstand the threats and violence to try Hussein in a duly formed court of law. It was the American military who ultimately made it possible for Iraq to be free of one of the most blood thirsty tyrants of the latter 20th and early 21st century. It is the American military that is working to give Iraqis a chance to have a better life in the future, free of tyranny, radicalism and the chains others would put upon them again.
Many Georgia troops have and continue to participate in the difficult work of nurturing freedom in Iraq. Georgians in the regular military as well as the Air and Army National Guard have played a pivotal role in giving Iraq a chance. To them we owe more than we can repay. When they were needed, they were there. They always have been and always will be. In this country, we can rest easy knowing that our best and brightest are on guard.
Once again, I salute the people of Iraq for bringing Saddam Hussein to ultimate justice and our own military for making it possible.