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RavingLunatic


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Posted:Fellow Americans, citizens of the world: Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or justice to our enemies, justice will be done. We cannot see inside the head of a terrorist, and yet today we understand clearly what it is he demands. A terrorist demands hate. He demands fear. Above all else, a terrorist demands war. But a free people does not bend to the demands of terror. Our friends and family members have died in the thousands, their bright lights of life made suddenly, brutally dark. To the world tonight I say that not one more innocent person will die in the name of this terrorist act. Not one more mother's son in America. Not one more beloved father in Afghanistan. Not one more infant child in Israel or in Palestine. To the men and women in uniform I say: We all must hope that your soldiering days are done. Today you are our officers of law and our keepers of precious peace. You have been challenged by a terrible crime and make no mistake, this nation's hunger for justice is as strong as its love of peace. We look to you, to our police forces and our troops, to the elected representatives of our citizens, and to our friends and allies in the international community, to bring the full weight of law and of human dignity against the wrongdoers and criminals. America is ever prepared to act, and to act alone if we must. Tonight, we know that we can instead act in concert with every nation on Earth. The citizens of 80 other nations died with our own in New York and Washington. The murder of innocents has been carried not only to America, but to Iran and Saudi Arabia, to Mexico and El Salvador, to Japan and South Korea, to Canada and Great Britain, to India and Pakistan. The world has been stunned into silence, but only to emerge with a voice more unified and sure than ever before in our history. We will convene a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. We ask for the establishment of a world tribunal with authority to seek out, extradite or arrest and try those responsible for the September 11 attack, and any who conspire to commit similar crimes in the future. We call on our partners and friends within the United Nations to establish an international force to carry out this mandate. Let their work reach with unrelenting certainty into the shadowy world of terror and into the network of criminal finance, but above all else let them reach toward the diplomacy of cooperative effort. We join all the world in our expectation that this mandate will be swift and certain. We have encountered an unprecedented crime against humanity; we demand unprecedented action. And so to the hawks I say: We salute you. And to the doves I say: This is your moment. We leave behind us a century of war; we see ahead a century of peace. Already, this new century is stricken by the deepest of challenges. We look to you, to the peace builders, the peace makers and peace keepers, for your wisdom. We cannot comprehend terrorism, and yet today we understand clearly that its aim is to remake the world. Let us not fulfill the prophecy of terror by providing it with martyrs and justifications. Even as we wipe the blood from our brows and the tears from our eyes, we cannot forget that we are the world's fortunate citizens. We must take extreme care not to provide the movements we deplore with gratuitous fuel for self-regeneration. We know that we, too, can remake the world. Let us closely examine our actions on those fertile grounds from which terror grows. Is there more to be done to bring peace and justice to Israel and Palestine? Surely there is. Is there more to be done to ease poverty and suffering in the Middle Eastern nations so rich with oil? Almost certainly, there is. Is there more we can do to hear the reasoned and gentle voices of the many who are struggling to be heard and understood? We cannot doubt that there is. Let these, too, be our unrelenting pursuit. And let us be clear: These shall be our goals because these are not the goals of terror. Terror demands extremism, fanaticism and war. We will redouble our efforts for peace because we are a people that does not bend, does not buckle in the face of fear. And so to the doves I say: We salute you. Fellow Americans, citizens of the world, we will meet violence with patient justice assured of our cause, and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom, and may he watch over each one of us. Thank you. http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/39/worldwar.html


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clare


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Location: Perf, australia

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Posted:onya. *nods gently*

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JeStEr
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

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Location: Melbourne Australia

Total posts: 214
Posted:*sigh* Bush is a joke, that's not at all fuuny. To the world tonight I say that not one more innocent person will die in the name of this terrorist act.I guess all the Afghanie civilians sliped his mind, oh well I suppose there not as important to him as americans, he's so one eyed and narrow minded.And to the doves I say: This is your moment. We leave behind us a century of war; we see ahead a century of peace. Already, this new century is stricken by the deepest of challenges. We look to you, to the peace builders, the peace makers and peace keepers, for your wisdom. That would mean abruptly stopping one of America's biggest exports, now surely he doesn't really want those little white birds and all that they represent to materialize.Is there more to be done to ease poverty and suffering in the Middle Eastern nations so rich with oil?And more hidden agendas.I mean no offense to anyone, this is simply my personal opinion of a man and all that I think he represents, quite honestly he scares me, more so by what he doesn't see than what he thinks he knows.I like the page that the link leads to.

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but my turntables not compatible.

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beaker


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Posted:Agrees (wholeheartedly) with jester, president bush is the most dangerous man in this world, not mr Bin laden as he will have you belive. Mr bush intends to bomb more of the worlds poorest countries in a rather shambolic attempt at stamping out terror. I have no love for the american government, I was sick to the stomach at the images on my TV on sept 11th innocent americans need not die, the ones running the country have a lot to answer for. Terrrorists do not attack without reason there is a lot the american public dosent know or choses not to know about its government.I suspect as usual once they have stopped bombing afghanistan and moved on to syria or maybe some other "target" the british troops will be sent in to clean up the mess, just like in kosovo and the gulf. I have not intended to upset anyone with these comments if they have I apologise but I wanted to say it and have done so.I only hope the right choices are made in the coming months by the US govt. I do not want to end up feeling unsafe in my own country.peace........phil

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Durbs
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Durbs

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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

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Posted:Personally, I agree that Bush is more dangerous than Bin Laden but we can't forget that the majoriy of the UN go along with him despite not agreeing with him. Does this make them more or less wrong?Ok - you'll either "get" this or find it insulting, but if you want some more satirical relief from all this Bush bullsh!t go here:http://thesmokehammer.warprecords.com/It's by Chris Morris how you either love or hate. Check out "Recent Issues" and listen to Bush's speech. I'd just like to say that I don't approve of some of the stuff on that page, namely the Sept 11th things.[This message has been edited by Durbs (edited 15 December 2001).]

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Rick aka Loki
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Rick aka Loki

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Posted:RavingLunatic: Right on. Thanks for posting that.JeStEr: The speech posted here wasn't written by Bush, but as a juxtaposition to his innane ramblings. All your commentary was valid, though.Peace.

-Rick aka Loki
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