- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Excerpts of President Bush's remarks yesterday marking the six months since the September 11 terrorist attacks:
We have come together to mark a terrible day, to reaffirm a just and vital cause and to thank the many nations that share our resolve and will share our common victory.
Six months separate us from September 11. … America will not forget the lives that were taken and the justice their death requires.
We face an enemy of ruthless ambition, unconstrained by law or morality. The terrorists despise other religions and have defiled their own. … The terror that targeted New York and Washington could next strike any center of civilization. Against such an enemy there is no immunity, and there can be no neutrality. …
September 11 was not the beginning of global terror, but it was the beginning of the world's concerted response. History will know that day not only as a day of tragedy, but as a day of decision when the civilized world was stirred to anger and to action. And the terrorists will remember September 11 as the day their reckoning began.
A mighty coalition of civilized nations is now defending our common security. Terrorist assets have been frozen. Terrorist front groups have been exposed. A terrorist regime has been toppled from power. Terrorist plots have been unraveled, from Spain to Singapore. And thousands of terrorists have been brought to justice, are in prison or are running in fear of their lives. …
The power and vitality of our coalition have been proven in Afghanistan. More than half of the forces now assisting the heroic Afghan fighters or providing security in Kabul are from countries other than the United States. … In total, 17 nations have forces deployed in the region. …
Nations in our coalition have shared in the responsibilities and sacrifices of our cause. … Last month, Sgt. Andrew Russell of the Australian Special Air Service died in Afghanistan. He left behind his wife, Kylie, and their daughter, Leisa, just 11 days old. Friends said of Sergeant Russell, "You could rely on him never to let you down."
This young man and many like him have not let us down. … We have lost young people from Germany and Denmark and Afghanistan and America. We mourn each one. And for their bravery in a noble cause, we honor them. …
Now that the Taliban are gone and al Qaeda has lost its home base for terrorism, we have entered the second stage of the war on terror a sustained campaign to deny sanctuary to terrorists who would threaten our citizens from anywhere in the world.
In Afghanistan, hundreds of trained killers are now dead. Many have been captured. Others are still on the run, hoping to strike again…. They are trying to regroup, and we'll stop them. …
I have set a clear policy in the second stage of the war on terror: America encourages and expects governments everywhere to help remove the terrorist parasites that threaten their own countries and peace of the world. …
Some states that sponsor terror are seeking or already possess weapons of mass destruction; terrorist groups are hungry for these weapons and would use them without a hint of conscience. And we know that these weapons, in the hands of terrorists, would unleash blackmail and genocide and chaos.
These facts cannot be denied and must be confronted. In preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, there is no margin for error and no chance to learn from mistakes. Our coalition must act deliberately, but inaction is not an option.
Men with no respect for life must never be allowed to control the ultimate instruments of death. …
More dangers and sacrifices lie ahead. Yet America is prepared. … We remember the horror and heroism of that morning the death of children on a field trip, the resistance of passengers on a doomed airplane, the courage of rescuers who died with strangers they were trying to save. And we remember the video images of terrorists who laughed at our loss.
Every civilized nation has a part in this struggle because every civilized nation has a stake in its outcome. …
Every nation should know that, for America, the war on terror is not just a policy; it's a pledge. I will not relent in this struggle for the freedom and security of my country and the civilized world.
And we'll succeed.
There will be a day when the organized threat against America, our friends and allies is broken. And when the terrorists are disrupted and scattered and discredited, many old conflicts will appear in a new light without the constant fear and cycle of bitterness that terrorists spread with their violence. …
Any nation that makes an unequivocal commitment against terror can join this cause. Every nation of good will is welcome. And, together, we will face the peril of our moment and seize the promise of our times.
May God bless our coalition.


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