Videotaped Remarks of the President to Commemorate September
My country will always remember the outpouring of friendship and
support from nations around the world in the wake of September
the 11th. On behalf of all Americans, I thank the millions of
people from every nation who share our grief over the loss of
innocent life, and who share our resolve to lift the dark cloud
of terror from our world.
Many nations and many families have lived in the shadow of terrorism
for decades, and during years of mindless and merciless killing.
September the 11th was not the beginning of global terror, but
it was the beginning of the world's concerted response. History
will remember 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 the
11th as the day their reckoning began.
We face an enemy of ruthless ambition, unconstrained by law or
morality. The terrorists who attacked on September the 11th despise
other religions, and have defiled their own. And they are determined
to expand the scale and scope of their murder. The terror that
targeted New York and Washington one year ago could strike any
center of civilization.
Against such an enemy, there is no immunity, and there can be
no neutrality. 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, or are in prison, or are running for fear of their
In the current stage of our campaign, our coalition is not opposing
a nation, but a network. Victory will come over time, as that
network is patiently and steadily dismantled.
There's a great divide in our time -- not between religions or
cultures, but between civilization and ruthless violence. People
of all cultures wish to live in safety and dignity. The hope of
justice and mercy and better lives are common to all humanity.
Our enemies reject these values, and by doing so they set themselves
not only against the United States, but against the entire world.
None of us would ever wish the evil that was done on September
the 11th. Yet out of that great evil can come great good. I see
a day when the threat of organized terror is broken. When that
day comes, many old conflicts will appear in a new light. Without
the constant fear and cycle of bitterness that terrorists spread
with their violence, we will see then that old and serious disputes
can be settled peacefully, within the bounds of reason, goodwill,
and mutual security.
We have a chance to write a new and hopeful chapter in human history,
a story of courage defeating cruelty and light overcoming darkness.
This calling is worthy of any life, and of every nation. So let
us go forward confident, determined, and unafraid. Together, we
will face the peril of our moment, and we will seize the promise
of our times.
May God bless freedom-loving people everywhere.