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2004 Liberty Medal Recipient

"The Liberty Medal has always been awarded to world leaders of great courage, vision and faith in the future…President Karzai is working tirelessly and skillfully to unify his country’s diverse factions, strengthen its economy and move towards democratic values and practices."
The Liberty Medal International Selection Commission





"Where Liberty dies, evil grows. We Afghans have learned from our historical experiences that liberty does not come easily. We profoundly appreciate the value of liberty…for we have paid for it with our lives. And we will defend liberty with our lives." ...more
His Excellency Hamid Karzai
President of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan

Liberty Medal acceptance speech, July 4, 2004