In U.S. administrator L. Paul “Jerry” Bremer’s June 28 farewell to Iraq, he said:
“The future of Iraq belongs to you, the Iraqi people. We and your other friends will help, but we can only help. You must do the real work.
“The Iraq your children and their children inherit will depend on your actions in the months and years ahead. You Iraqis must now take responsibility for your future of hope. You can create that future of hope by standing fast against those who kill your police and soldiers, who kill your women and children, who wreck Iraq's pipelines and power lines, and then claim to be your champions.
“You can create that future of hope by supporting your government and the elections they are pledged to bring you. You can create that future of hope in a thousand different ways by sharing through your words and deeds a personal commitment to a stable and peaceful Iraq.
“You, Iraq's Kurds and Arabs, Shi'a and Sunni, Turkomen and Christian, you are more like each other than you are different from one another. You have a shared vision of how a united Iraq can, again, be a beacon of hope to the region. You have a shared hatred of the violence inflicted on you by those who abhor your vision. And you have a shared love of this wonderful, rich land.
“Let no one pit you against each other. For when Iraqis fight Iraqis, only Iraqis suffer.
“I leave Iraq gladdened by what has been accomplished and confident that your future is full of hope. A piece of my heart will always remain here in the beautiful land between the two rivers with its fertile valleys, it's majestic mountains and its wonderful people.”
Bremer also quoted a sentimental Iraqi poem about departing Baghdad. The speech was recorded June 26 and broadcast on Al-Iraqiya and Al-Jazeera television the day sovereignty was turned over to a new Iraq, free of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Bremer ended the address, saying, “A’ash Al-Iraq, A’ash Al-Iraq, A’ash Al-Iraq”! (“Long live Iraq, Long live Iraq, long live Iraq.”)
But there must have been more to the speech. Is there a transcript somewhere?