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Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Bush's Berlin speech extracts
President Bush, reflected in glass, addresses the Bundestag
Mr Bush was interrupted several times by applause
US President George W Bush has addressed Germany's Bundestag, or lower house of parliament. Here are extracts from his speech:

"After the Cold War, during the relative quiet of the 1990s, some questioned whether our trans-Atlantic partnership still had a purpose. History has given its answer.

Those who despise human freedom will attack it on every continent. Those who seek missiles and terrible weapons are also familiar with the map of Europe. Like the threats of another era, this threat cannot be appeased or cannot be ignored.

President Bush appears on TV as he addresses the Bundestag
"Americans do not see the rise of a rival; we see the end of old hostilities"
Different as we are, we are building and defending the same house of freedom. Its door is open to all Europe's people. Its window is looking out to global challenges beyond.

We must lay the foundation with a Europe that is whole and free and at peace for the first time in its history.

Ours is the first generation in 100 years that does not expect and does not fear the next European war. And that achievement, your achievement, is one of the greatest in modern times.

When Europe grows in unity, Europe and America grow in security... Americans do not see the rise of a rival; we see the end of old hostilities.

America is committed to Nato membership for all of Europe's democracies that are ready to share in the responsibilities that Nato brings.


[Terrorists] hate democracy and tolerance and free expression and women and Jews and Christians and all Muslims who disagree with them

America and Europe must throw off old suspicions and realise our common interest with Russia.

Tomorrow, in Moscow, President Putin and I will again act upon these interests. The United States and Russia are ridding ourselves of the last vestiges of Cold War confrontation.

For the United States, 11 September 2001 cut a deep dividing line in our history, a change of era as sharp and clear as Pearl Harbor or the first day of the Berlin blockade.

There can be no lasting security in a world at the mercy of terrorists, for my nation or for any nation. Given this threat, Nato's defining purpose, our collective defence, is as urgent as ever.

America and Europe need each other to fight and win the war against global terror.

The terrorists are defined by their hatreds. They hate democracy and tolerance and free expression and women and Jews and Christians and all Muslims who disagree with them.

Others killed in the name of racial purity or the class struggle. These enemies kill in the name of a false religious purity, perverting the faith they claim to hold. In this war, we defend not just America or Europe, we are defending civilisation itself.

President Bush addresses the Bundestag
"Nato must be able and willing to act whenever threats emerge"
The evil that has formed against us has been termed the new totalitarian threat.

The authors of terror are seeking nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Regimes that sponsor terror are developing these weapons and the missiles to deliver them.

If these regimes and their terrorist allies were to perfect these capabilities, no inner voice of reason, no hint of conscience would prevent their use."

Nato must be able and willing to act whenever threats emerge. This will require all the assets of modern defence: mobile and deployable forces, sophisticated special operations, the ability to fight under the threat of chemical and biological weapons.

We must continue to stand for peace in the Middle East. That peace must assure the permanent safety of the Jewish people. And that peace must provide the Palestinian people with a state of their own.

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