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Monday, 11 March, 2002, 17:40 GMT
'No neutrality', warns Bush
US President George W Bush speaking at the memorial service on the White House lawn
Bush: 'No margin for error'
President George W Bush has used strong strong words for countries which his administration feels have not made a strong enough commitment to the US-led war against terrorism.

The US encourages and expects governments everywhere to help remove the terrorist parasites that threaten their own countries and the peace of the world

US President George W Bush
He was speaking at a ceremony on the White House lawn, attended by relatives of 300 victims of the disaster, foreign diplomats and congressmen.

"There can be no neutrality," he said.

"Every nation in out coalition must take seriously the growing threat of terror... it cannot be denied and must be confronted."

"There is no margin for error and no chance to learn from mistakes."

Victims remembered

President Bush's speech acknowledged international support from 17 nations currently involved in the rebuilding of Afghanistan, honouring the German and Danish soldiers that had lost their lives in addition to American soldiers.

He also thanked Britain, France and Australia for their continued military assistance, and mentioned America's work in other states Washington considers potential hotbeds of terrorist activity, such as Yemen, Georgia and the Philippines.

World Trade Center, 11 September 2001
A changed world
  • World Trade Center death toll about 2,800; Pentagon 125
  • At least 3,600 civilian deaths in Afghanistan
  • US military spending increased by 14%
  • US forces deployed to Central Asian countries - including former Soviet republics

      War on Terror: Six months on

  • "The US encourages and expects governments everywhere to help remove the terrorist parasites that threaten their own countries and the peace of the world," he said.

    "If governments need training or resources America will help."

    In his closing remarks, President Bush exhorted those present to remember those who had lost their lives in the 11 September attacks, from the rescuers in New York to those who fought back on Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania.

    It was also a larger reminder to the coalition that, in his view, the war on terror was not finished.

    "Together we face the peril of the moment...God bless the coalition," he said.

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