ACCESSION NUMBER:291976 FILE ID:TXT301 DATE:06/30/93 TITLE:CLINTON: "WE WILL PROTECT OUR PEOPLE" (06/30/93) TEXT:*93063001.TXT CLINTON: "WE WILL PROTECT OUR PEOPLE" (VOA Editorial) (380) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America June 30, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.) No country can have normal relations with a regime that uses terror, aggression and even assassination as tools of foreign policy. Unfortunately, this is the kind of regime now ruling Iraq. The regime of Saddam Hussein has slaughtered its own people, invaded two neighbors, sponsored international terrorism and engaged in chemical and environmental warfare. In April, the Kuwaiti government uncovered a plot to assassinate former President George Bush by means of a powerful car bomb while he was visiting Kuwait City. Working with Kuwaiti authorities, United States officials carefully investigated the plot. They reported to President Bill Clinton last week. As President Clinton said in a televised address on June 26, the investigators determined that the plot "was directed and pursued by the Iraqi Intelligence Service." "It is clear," said President Clinton, "that this was no impulsive or random act. It was an elaborate plan devised by the Iraqi government and directed against the former president of the United States because of actions he took as president. As such, the Iraqi attack against President Bush was an attack against our country and against all Americans." Clinton stressed that the United States could not let such an action against the United States go unanswered. In response to Iraq's aggression, President Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on the Iraqi Intelligence Service command and control facility in Baghdad. Clinton explained that the U.S. intention "was to target Iraq's capacity to support violence against the United States and other nations and to deter Saddam Hussein from supporting such outlawed behavior in the future. Therefore," he said, "we directed our action against the facility associated with Iraq's support of terrorism while making every effort to minimize the loss of innocent life." President Clinton said there should be no mistake about the message the United States intends to convey "to Saddam Hussein, to the rest of the Iraqi leadership and to any nation, group or person who would harm our leaders or our citizens. We will combat terrorism. We will deter aggression. We will protect our people." NNNN .