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Mr. Speaker, Members, I
rise today really with a very heavy heart, one that is filled with
sorrow for the families and the loved ones who were killed and injured
this week. Only the most foolish and the most callous would not
understand the grief that has really gripped our people and millions
across the world. This unspeakable act on the United States has really
-- really forced me, however, to rely on my moral compass, my
conscience, and my God for direction.
September 11th changed the world. Our deepest fears now haunt us. Yet, I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the United States. This is a very complex and complicated matter.
resolution will pass, although we all know
that the President can wage a war even without it. However difficult
this vote may be, some of us must urge the use of restraint. Our country
is in a state of mourning. Some of us must say, let's step back for a
moment. Let's just pause, just for a minute and think through the
implications of our actions today, so that this does not spiral out of
Now I have agonized over this vote. But I came to grips with it today, and I came to grips with opposing this resolution during the very painful, yet very beautiful memorial service. As a member of the clergy so eloquently said, "As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore."
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