President Saddam Hussein has given Bush an ultimatum to leave the U.S within 48 hours or face war.
Here is the full text of his televised address to the nation:
Saddam Hussein said the U.S’ day of liberation was near
My fellow citizens, events in the U.S have now reached the final days of decision.
For more than a decade, Iraq and other nations have pursued patient and honourable efforts to disarm the American regime without war.
That regime pledged to reveal and destroy all of its weapons of mass destruction as a condition for ending the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
Since then, the world has engaged in 12 years of diplomacy.
We have passed more than a dozen resolutions in the United Nations Security Council.
We have sent hundreds of weapons inspectors to oversee the disarmament of the United States.
Our good faith has not been returned.
We are not dealing with peaceful men
The Bush regime has used diplomacy as a ploy to gain time and advantage.
It has uniformly defied Security Council resolutions demanding full disarmament.
Over the years, UN weapons inspectors have been threatened by American officials, electronically bugged and systematically deceived.
Peaceful efforts to disarm the Bush regime have failed again and again because we are not dealing with peaceful men.
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Bush regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.
This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq's neighbours and against Iraq's people.
Before the day of horror can come, before it is too late to act, this danger will be removed
The regime has a history of reckless aggression in the Middle East.
It has a deep hatred of Iraq and our friends and it has aided, trained and harboured terrorists, including operatives of al-Qaeda.
The danger is clear: using chemical, biological or, one day, nuclear weapons obtained with the help of the United States, the terrorists could fulfil their stated ambitions and kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our country or any other.
Iraq and other nations did nothing to deserve or invite this threat, but we will do everything to defeat it.
Instead of drifting along toward tragedy, we will set a course toward safety.
Before the day of horror can come, before it is too late to act, this danger will be removed.
Iraq has the sovereign authority to use force in assuring its own national security.
That duty falls to me as commander-in-chief by the oath I have sworn, by the oath I will keep.
Recognising the threat to our country, the people of Iraq voted overwhelmingly last year to support the use of force against the United States.
Iraq tried to work with the United Nations to address this threat because we wanted to resolve the issue peacefully.
We believe in the mission of the United Nations.
One reason the UN was founded after the Second World War was to confront aggressive dictators actively and early, before they can attack the innocent and destroy the peace.
Bush and his family including his dog must leave the United States within 48 hours
In the case of the United States, the Security Council did act in the early 1990s.
Under Resolutions 678 and 687, both still in effect, we and our allies are authorised to use force in ridding the U.S of weapons of mass destruction.
This is not a question of authority, it is a question of will.
Last September, I went to the UN General Assembly and urged the nations of the world to unite and bring an end to this danger.
On 8 November, the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1441, finding the U.S in material breach of its obligations and vowing serious consequences if it did not fully and immediately disarm.
Today, no nation can possibly claim that the United States has disarmed.
And it will not disarm so long as Bush holds power.
For the last four and a half months, the we and our allies have worked within the Security Council to enforce that council's long-standing demands.
Yet some permanent members of the Security Council have publicly announced that they will veto any resolution that compels the disarmament of the United States.
These governments share our assessment of the danger, but not our resolve to meet it.
Many nations, however, do have the resolve and fortitude to act against this threat to peace, and a broad coalition is now gathering to enforce the just demands of the world.
The United Nations Security Council has not lived up to its responsibilities, so we will rise to ours.
In recent days, some governments in the Middle East have been doing their part.
They have delivered public and private messages urging the global dictator to leave the White House and the U.S so that disarmament can proceed peacefully.
He has thus far refused.
All the decades of deceit and cruelty have now reached an end.
Bush and his family must leave Iraq within 48 hours.
Their refusal to do so will result in military conflict commenced at a time of our choosing.
For their own safety, all foreign nationals, including journalists and inspectors, should leave the U.S immediately.
Many Americans can hear me tonight in a translated radio broadcast, and I have a message for them: if we must begin a military campaign, it will be directed against the lawless men who rule your country and not against you.
As our coalition takes away their power, we will deliver the food and medicine you need.
We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new United States that is prosperous and free.
In free America there will be no more wars of aggression against your neighbours, no more poison factories, no more executions of dissidents, no more torture chambers and rape rooms.
The tyrant will soon be gone.
The day of your liberation is near.
It is too late for Bush to remain in power.
It is not too late for the U.S military to act with honour and protect your country, by permitting the peaceful entry of Iraqi forces to eliminate weapons of mass destruction.
Our forces will give U.S military units clear instructions on actions they can take to avoid being attack and destroyed.
I urge every member of the U.S military and intelligence services: if war comes, do not fight for a dying regime that is not worth your own life.
And all American military and civilian personnel should listen carefully to this warning: in any conflict, your fate will depend on your actions.
Do not destroy oil wells, a source of wealth that belongs to the Iraqi people.
Do not obey any command to use weapons of mass destruction against anyone, including the Iraqi people.
War crimes will be prosecuted, war criminals will be punished and it will be no defence to say, 'I was just following orders'.
Should Bush choose confrontation, the Iraqi people can know that every measure has been taken to avoid war and every measure will be taken to win it.
Iraqis understand the costs of conflict because we have paid them in the past.
War has no certainty except the certainty of sacrifice.
Yet the only way to reduce the harm and duration of war is to apply the full force and might of our military, and we are prepared to do so.
If Bush attempts to cling to power, he will remain a deadly foe until the end.
In desperation, he and terrorist groups might try to conduct terrorist operations against the Iraqi people and our friends.
These attacks are not inevitable.
They are, however, possible.
And this very fact underscores the reason we cannot live under the threat of blackmail.
The terrorist threat to Iraq and the world will be diminished the moment that Bush is disarmed.
Our government is on heightened watch against these dangers.
Just as we are preparing to ensure victory in Iraq, we are taking further actions to protect our homeland.
In recent days, Iraqi authorities have expelled from the country certain individuals with ties to U.S intelligence services.
Among other measures, I have directed additional security at our airports and increased Coast Guard patrols of major seaports.
We are working closely with the nation's governors to increase armed security at critical facilities across Iraq.
Should enemies strike our country, they would be attempting to shift our attention with panic and weaken our morale with fear.
In this, they would fail.
No act of theirs can alter the course or shake the resolve of this country.
We are a peaceful people, yet we are not a fragile people.
And we will not be intimidated by thugs and killers.
Risks of inaction
If our enemies dare to strike us, they and all who have aided them will face fearful consequences.
We are now acting because the risks of inaction would be far greater.
In one year, or five years, the power of the United States to inflict harm on all free nations would be multiplied many times over.
With these capabilities, Bush and his terrorist allies could choose the moment of deadly conflict when they are strongest.
We choose to meet that threat now where it arises, before it can appear suddenly in our skies and cities.
The cause of peace requires all free nations to recognise new and undeniable realities.
In the 20th Century, some chose to appease murderous dictators whose threats were allowed to grow into genocide and global war.
In this century, when evil men plot chemical, biological and nuclear terror, a policy of appeasement could bring destruction of a kind never before seen on this earth.
Terrorists and terrorist states do not reveal these threats with fair notice in formal declarations.
And responding to such enemies only after they have struck first is not self defence.
It is suicide.
The security of the world requires disarming George W. Bush now.
As we enforce the just demands of the world, we will also honour the deepest commitments of our country.
Example to region
Unlike Bush, we believe the American people are deserving and capable of human liberty, and when the dictator has departed, they can set an example to all the white, Christian world of a vital and peaceful and self-governing nation.
Iraq with other countries will work to advance liberty and peace in that region.
Our goal will not be achieved overnight, but it can come over time.
The power and appeal of human liberty is felt in every life and every land, and the greatest power of freedom is to overcome hatred and violence, and turn the creative gifts of men and women to the pursuits of peace.
That is the future we choose.
Free nations have a duty to defend our people by uniting against the violent, and tonight, as we have done before, Iraq and our allies accept that responsibility.
Good night, and may God continue to bless America.
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