|The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
September 22, 2004
From remarks by President Bush in his Address to the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 9/21/04
Every nation that seeks peace has an obligation to help build that world. Eventually, there is no safe isolation from terror networks, or failed states that shelter them, or outlaw regimes, or weapons of mass destruction. Eventually, there is no safety in looking away, seeking the quiet life by ignoring the struggles and oppression of others.
The rights of mankind are advancing across the world -- and across the world, the enemies of human rights are responding with violence.
Terrorists and their allies believe that dictators should control every mind and tongue in the Middle East and beyond. They believe that suicide and torture and murder are fully justified to serve any goal they declare, and they act on their beliefs.
In the last year alone, terrorists have attacked police stations, and banks, and commuter trains, and synagogues -- and a school filled with children. All civilized nations are in this struggle together, and all must fight the murderers.