- The Washington Times - Monday, February 20, 2006

Statement by Rep. Tony Hall, April 24, 2000, upon returning from Iraq:

Iraq’s people are suffering terribly, and it was heartbreaking to see their pain firsthand. I left Iraq convinced that a great deal more could be done to address its people’s humanitarian needs, and I am determined to do all I can to persuade the U.S. government to take these steps. But, like a majority of American citizens, I remain concerned about the military threat Iraq continues to pose to its neighbors and the world — and convinced that until progress is made on eliminating weapons of mass destruction, lifting sanctions would be irresponsible… While sanctions clearly have played a role in Iraqis’ suffering… lifting them would not provide much comfort to citizens there. If Iraq’s government would show it is serious about easing its people’s suffering — instead of using their problems to support its bid to end sanctions — it would be easier for me to see sanctions as the primary culprit. Or, if Iraq would show good faith in keeping the promises it made at the end of the Gulf War, perhaps that would prompt good faith measures by the United Nations.

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