From The New York Times:
Excerpts from President Bush's speech to the United Nations General Assembly
in New York:
We meet in a hall devoted to peace in a
city scarred by violence, in a nation
awakened to danger, in a world uniting for
a long struggle. Every civilized nation here
today is resolved to keep the most basic
commitment of civilization. We will defend
ourselves and our future against terror
and lawless violence. The United Nations
was founded in this cause. In the Second World War, we learned there is
no isolation from evil. We affirmed that some crimes are so terrible they
offend humanity itself. And we resolved that the aggressions and
ambitions of the wicked must be opposed early, decisively and
collectively before they threaten us all. . . .
The suffering of September the 11th was inflicted on people of many
faiths and many nations. All of the victims, including Muslims, were killed
with equal indifference and equal satisfaction by the terrorist leaders.
The terrorists are violating the tenets of every religion including the one
they invoke. . . .
They dare to ask God's blessing as they set out to kill innocent men,
women and children. But the God of Isaac and Ishmael would never
answer such a prayer. And a murderer is not a martyr. He is just a
Time is passing. Yet for the United States of America, there will be no
forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died
in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will
remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the
And the people of my country will remember those who have plotted
against us. We are learning their names. We are coming to know their
faces. There is no corner of the earth distant or dark enough to protect
them. However long it takes, their hour of justice will come.
Every nation has a stake in this cause. As we meet, the terrorists are
planning more murder, perhaps in my country or perhaps in yours. They
kill because they aspire to dominate. They seek to overthrow
governments and destabilize entire regions. . . .
And all the world faces the most horrifying prospect of all. These same
terrorists are searching for weapons of mass destruction, the tools to turn
their hatred into holocaust. They can be expected to use chemical,
biological and nuclear weapons the moment they are capable of doing
so. No hint of conscience would prevent it. . . .
Some nations want to play their part in the fight against terror but tell us
they lack the means to enforce their laws and control their borders. We
stand ready to help. Some governments still turn a blind eye to the
terrorists, hoping the threat will pass them by. They are mistaken. . . .
For every regime that sponsors terror, there is a price to be paid, and it
will be paid. The allies of terror are equally guilty of murder and equally
accountable . . .
The United States, supported by many nations, is bringing justice to the
terrorists in Afghanistan. We're making progress against military targets,
and that is our objective. Unlike the enemy, we seek to minimize, not
maximize, the loss of innocent life. I'm proud of the honorable conduct of
the American military.
And my country grieves for all the suffering the Taliban have brought
upon Afghanistan, including the terrible burden of war. The Afghan
people do not deserve their present rulers. . . .
I make this promise to all the victims of that regime: The Taliban's days of
harboring terrorists and dealing in heroin and brutalizing women are
drawing to a close. And when that regime is gone, the people of
Afghanistan will say, with the rest of the world, "Good riddance."
The United States will work closely with the United Nations and
development banks to reconstruct Afghanistan after hostilities there have
ceased and the Taliban are no longer in control. And the United States
will work with the U.N. to support a post-Taliban government that
represents all of the Afghan people. . . .
The most basic obligations in this new conflict have already been defined
by the United Nations. On September the 28th, the Security Council
adopted Resolution 1373. Its requirements are clear: Every United
Nations member has a responsibility to crack down on terrorist financing.
We must pass all necessary laws in our own countries to allow the
confiscation of terrorist assets. We must apply those laws to every
financial institution in every nation. . . .