Bush: Free World Will Win War on Terror
By Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano, USN
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2006 In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Bush reiterated American resolve against extremist terrorists and declared that the free world will prevail against enemies of freedom.
“America, Great Britain, and our allies are determined to defend ourselves and advance the cause of liberty,” Bush said. “With patience, courage, and untiring resolve, we will defend our freedom, and we will win the war on terror.”
The president acknowledged the enormity of the challenge that still lies ahead. “America is fighting a tough war against an enemy whose ruthlessness is clear for all to see,” he said. “The terrorists attempt to bring down airplanes full of innocent men, women and children. They kill civilians and American servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they deliberately hide behind civilians in Lebanon.”
Hezbollah terrorists have been firing rockets into Israel and hiding behind civilians to deter Israeli retaliation in a war that has raged for more than a month. Iraq and Afghanistan, meanwhile, continue to be plagued with terrorist violence.
The past week’s arrests in Great Britain of suspects in an alleged plot to blow up airliners en route from England to the United States underscore the need for vigilance, Bush told the radio audience. “If these terrorists had succeeded, they could have caused death on a massive scale,” he said.
Terrorists, Bush noted, “are seeking to spread their totalitarian ideology. They’re seeking to take over countries … so they can establish safe havens from which to attack free nations.” Defeating them will “take patience, courage, and untiring resolve,” he said.
America today is safer than it was prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Unites States, Bush said. However, he continued, “we must never make the mistake of thinking the danger of terrorism has passed. … This week's events demonstrate the vital importance of ensuring that our intelligence and law enforcement personnel have all the tools they need to track down the terrorists and prevent attacks on our country.”
Bush pledged continued diligence in fighting terrorism and urged Americans to stand behind the effort. “With patience, courage, and untiring resolve, we will defend our freedom, and we will win the war on terror,” he said.