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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Bush Virginia speech: Excerpts
US President George W Bush
Bush: Memories of 11 September will never leave us

Excerpts of US President George W Bush's speech to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on 10 September, 2003.

The lives of every person here were changed by the events of 11 September 2001.

You felt the anger and the sense of loss that day. You stood ready to serve your country in a time of need.

And each of you now has a part in protecting America against the threats of a new era.

For two years, this nation has been on the offensive against global terror networks, overseas and at home.

We've taken unprecedented, effective measures to protect this homeland.

Yet, our nation has more to do. We will never be complacent. We will defend our people and we will win this war.

Honouring the victims

Tomorrow, America will mark a sad anniversary.

As we wage this war abroad, we must remember where it began - here on our homeland
The memories of 11 September will never leave us.

We will not forget the burning towers and the last phone calls and the smoke over Arlington.

We will not forget the rescuers who ran toward danger and the passengers who rushed the hijackers.

We will not forget the men and women who went to work on a typical day and never came home.

We will not forget the death of schoolchildren who were on a school trip.

And we will never forget the servants of evil who plotted the attacks.

And we will never forget those who rejoiced at our grief and our mourning.

America honours and remembers the names of all victims.

Ruthless enemy

And tomorrow, some families will be thinking of name in particular, a person they still love and deeply miss.

The prayers of our whole nation are with the families of the lost who feel a grief that does not end.

Tomorrow's anniversary is a time for remembrance; yet history asked more than memory.

The attacks on this nation revealed the intentions of a determined and ruthless enemy that still plots against our people.

The forces of global terror cannot be appeased and they cannot be ignored.

They must be hunted and they will be defeated.

We will not wait for further attacks on innocent Americans. The best way to protect the American people is to stay on the offensive, to stay on the offensive at home and to stay on the offensive overseas.

And that is what this country is doing. We've undertaken a global campaign against terrorist networks.

We're going after the terrorists, wherever they hide and wherever they plan.

We will keep them on the run; we'll bring them to justice.

Time of progress

We have made clear the doctrine which says, if you harbour a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, if you hide a terrorist you're just as guilty as the terrorist.

By removing the tyrants who support terror and by ending the hopelessness that feeds terror, we are helping the people of the Middle East and we're strengthening the security of America
We're holding regimes accountable for harbouring and supporting terror.

We're determined to prevent terrorist networks from gaining weapons of mass destruction.

These 24 months have been a time of progress against the enemy.

Terrorists have lost their training camps in Afghanistan. They lost the protection of the Taleban.

Al-Qaeda has lost nearly two-thirds of its known leaders. They've either been captured, or they've been killed.

Spreading freedom

The terrorists have lost a sponsor in Iraq. And no terrorist networks will ever gain weapons of mass destruction from Saddam Hussein's regime.

That regime is no more.

Now we are engaged in other essential missions in the war on terrorism.

We're helping the Afghan people to build free institutions, after years of oppression.

We're working with the Iraqi people to build a new home for freedom and democracy at the heart of the Middle East.

The spread of freedom is one of the keys to the victory against terror.

The Middle East will either be a place of increasing hope, or a place of a bitterness and violence that exports terrorism - exports terrorism to America or other nations.

By removing the tyrants who support terror and by ending the hopelessness that feeds terror, we are helping the people of the Middle East and we're strengthening the security of America.

Clear strategy

The terrorists understand what is at stake.

We cannot afford a moment of complacency
They understand that the advance of freedom will discredit their cause and they know that the advance of freedom will isolate them from sources of support.

That is why Saddam holdouts and foreign terrorists are desperately trying to throw Iraq into chaos by attacking our forces, by killing aid workers, by destroying innocent Iraqis.

This collection of killers is desperately trying to shake the will of the civilized world.

But America will not be intimidated.

We are following a clear strategy with three objectives: We're going to destroy the terrorists, we'll enlist the support for a free Iraq - international support for a free Iraq - and we'll quickly transfer authority to the Iraqi people.

We're aggressively striking the terrorists in Iraq with great troops.

We're using better intelligence; because we know when we defeat them there, we won't have to face them in our own country.

We're calling on other nations to help Iraqis build a free nation, which will make us all more secure.

On the offensive

As we wage this war abroad, we must remember where it began - here on our homeland.

I don't know how long this war will go on, but I do know this: However long it takes, this nation will prevail
In this new kind of war, the enemy's objective is to strike us on our own territory and make our people live in fear.

This danger places all of you, every person here and the people you work with, on the front lines of the war on terror.

Our methods for fighting this war at home are very different from those we use abroad, yet our strategy is the same: We're on the offensive against terror.

We're determined to stop the enemy before they can strike our people.

Every morning I am briefed from the latest information on the threats to our country and those threats are real.

The enemy is wounded, but still resourceful and actively recruiting and still dangerous.

We cannot afford a moment of complacency. Yet, as you know, we've taken extraordinary measures these past two years to protect America.

We will prevail

Two years ago, this nation saw the face of a new enemy.

We discovered that there is no safety behind vast oceans.

For our own safety, we resolve to take the battle to the enemy.

America is making progress on every front in this war.

For that progress, we know who to thank.

We thank the men and women who wear our nation's uniform.

We thank their families. We thank our intelligence officers. We thank every branch of law enforcement. We thank our first responders.

All of you may serve on different fronts, but you're serving in the same war.

I don't know how long this war will go on, but I do know this: However long it takes, this nation will prevail.


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