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Bush Tells World 'Justice Will Be Done'

Thursday, 20 September 2001 12:00 AM

In an address before a joint session of the House and Senate, Bush said the American people are "joined in a great cause," and he called the terrorist attack "an act of war."

Bush placed blame for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on a group of "loosely affiliated terrorist organizations" in as many as 60 nations, which he said were behind the bombings of the American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, as well as last October's attack on the U.S. Navy warship the USS Cole.

The president issued a list of demands on the ruling Taliban faction in Afghanistan: Deliver all terrorist leaders hiding in Afghanistan; release all foreign nationals; protect foreign reporters and aid workers; close all terrorist training camps; and hand over all terrorist supporters.

Bush received cheers and applause from Congress when he said the demands are "not open to negotiations or discussion."

The president also issued something of a global ultimatum when he said, "Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you're with us, or you are with the terrorists."

In a display of new policy, Bush named Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to head the newly created White House Office of Homeland Security, which will be focused on combating terrorism.

"Many will be involved in this effort," said Bush. "All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers."

Members of the American military heard Bush repeat his message to them from this past weekend. "Be ready," said Bush. "I've called the armed forces to alert and there's a reason. The hour is coming when America will act, and you will make us proud."

"The civilized world is rallying to America's side," said Bush, who also asked the American people to be patient as the U.S. confronts the current and future threats of terrorism.

"I ask for your patience with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security, and for your patience in what will be a long struggle. I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity. They did not touch its source," said Bush.

Bush also vowed that "we will rebuild New York City" as a symbol of American resolve.

The president said it was up to the current generation to "lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail."

Speaking of his own resolve, Bush said, "I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflected it. I will not yield. I will not rest. I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people."

Response to Bush's speech was almost uniformly positive. Following the speech, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said "the president has called us again to greatness, and tonight we answer that call."

Joining Dascle was Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., who noted that after a presidential address, the opposition party traditionally is entitled to a response. "Tonight there is no opposition party. We stand here united," said Lott.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said he was "confident that the president has the support of the civilized world to pursue these terrorists and to preserve the free world."

House Republican Conference Chairman Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla., expressed similar confidence in the American people. "We regard freedom as precious and absolute in this country. It cannot be bought, bartered or borrowed. It must be vigorously defended," Watts said.

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