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Lieberman: ""We have a responsibility to support the forces of freedom"

2:56 PM, Jun 5, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Senator Lieberman spoke yesterday at the Conference on Democracy and Security in Prague, Czech Republic. Here's an excerpt from the speech (you can read the full text here):

"The outcome of the struggle in Iraq will go a long way towards determining whether our future in Europe, and America, and throughout much of the world belongs to these totalitarians, or to democrats who seek the consent and consensus of the governed.

Iraq is about the survival and success of the very ideal of freedom not only in Iraq, but in Iran, and Syria, and the rest of that region, and in a very real way, in the rest of the world.

There are some in America today who acknowledge the stakes at play in Iraq, but who then claim that the war there has been too costly, the burden too great, for us to continue to shoulder it. They claim that they support democracy, but just not in Iraq, just not right now.

The truth of the matter, however, is that freedom is not divisible. You cannot claim to support the spread of democracy, but profess ambivalence about its fate in Iraq.

On the contrary, we have a responsibility to support the forces of freedom not only when it is easy, but when it is hard."