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Tuesday, 2 October, 2001, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Blair: Key quotes
Tony Blair
BBC News Online picks out some of the key quotes from Tony Blair's 55-minute speech to the Labour Party conference.

Offering Britain's "profound solidarity to America" the prime minister declared: "We were with you at the first - we will stay with you to the last."

"This is a battle with only one outcome: our victory, not theirs."

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"Be in no doubt: Bin Laden and his people organised this atrocity. The Taleban aid and abet him.

"He will not desist from further acts of terror. They will not stop helping him."

"Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater."

"There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror.

"There is just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it and defeat it we must."

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"Any action taken will be against the terrorist network of Bin Laden.

"As for the Taleban, they can surrender the terrorists or face the consequences - and again in any action the aim will be to eliminate their military hardware, cut off their finances, disrupt their supplies, target their troops, not civilians

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"We will put a trap around the regime and I say to the Taleban: Surrender the terrorists or surrender power. It's your choice."

"The world community must show as much its capacity for compassion as for force."

"For people with work to do, family life to balance, mortgages to pay, careers to further, pensions to provide, the yearning is for order and stability and if it doesn't exist elsewhere, it is unlikely to exist here."

"The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world.

"But if the world as a community focused on it, we could heal it.

"And if we don't, it will become deeper and angrier."

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"I realise why people protest against globalisation.

"We watch aspects of it with trepidation. We feel powerless, as if we were now pushed to and fro by forces far beyond our control.

"But there is a risk that political leaders, faced with street demonstrations, pander to the argument rather than answer it."

Just after the election, an old colleague of mine said: 'Come on Tony, now we've won again can't we drop all this New Labour and do what we believe in?'.

"I said: 'It's worse than you think. I really do believe in it'."

"It's not reform that is the enemy of public services. It's the status quo."

"This is a battle of values. Let's have that battle but not amongst ourselves.

"The real fight is between those who believe in strong public services and those who don't."

"We should only be part of the single currency if the economic conditions are met.

"They are not window-dressing for a political decision. They are fundamental.

"But if they are met we should join and, if met in this Parliament, we should have the courage of our argument to ask the British people for their consent in this Parliament.

"This is a moment to seize. The kaleidoscope has been shaken, the pieces are in flux, soon they will settle again.

"Before they do, let us reorder this world around us."

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