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14 September 2001

Text: Biden Says Terrorists Have Doomed Themselves

(Says world is united against terrorism as never before) (1410)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden says the way
of life of present and future terrorists has changed in a way they
never anticipated -- they have united the civilized world against
global terrorism.
"The future of organized terrorist cells is about to welcome the 21st
century in a way they never anticipated, for in this dastardly act
they may have done what no other group of people could possibly have
done, and that is to unite the civilized world, unite our allies in
Europe who share our values, unite our Russian friends, our Chinese
friends, unite the world, because that image of that plane smashing
into the second tower has reverberated around the world and every
leader in every country can picture the same thing happening in their
nation," Biden said September 12 in the U.S. Senate.
The Delaware Democrat said an appropriate response to the acts of
terrorism against the United States in New York, Washington and
Pennsylvania on September 11 will be forthcoming. But he added that
this is not a struggle against ideology or religion, but "this is a
struggle between civilization and barbarity."
"Let there be no doubt that the United States and civilized nations of
the world will unite and win this struggle," Biden said. "Our enemies
will not, and did not, defeat us. I see in this cataclysmic tragedy
the beginning of the end of organized and legitimized terrorist
activities."
Following is the text of Biden's remarks:
(begin text)
Building An International Coalition Against Terrorism
September 12, 2001
Mr. President, I cannot think of any other legislative body in the
world where we would hear the speech we just heard by the junior
Senator from Virginia, where his heart is aching, many in his
constituency have died. Part of the building in his State is still
burning.
In the ultimate American way, he called at the end of his speech for
not abrogating the basic cherished liberties that this Nation has. I
doubt whether one would hear that in any other assembly in the world
after such an attack, and I compliment him for it.
My heart and my sympathy go out to our colleagues from New York and
Virginia in particular, but all those who have had their fellow
citizens and their constituents victimized by this act. This is a time
to mourn but not to despair, a time for resolve but not remorse, a
time for sober investigation and not recrimination, and a time to
unite, not to debate.
Some have said yesterday and today that all has changed, all has
changed for America. I know what they mean by that, and I respect
their view, but I pray that is not true. I pray that is not true. I
pray my junior colleague from Virginia is correct when he says the one
thing we cannot allow to change is the values upon which this country
is built, for if that were to occur, then they would be able to
declare victory, genuine victory.
I predict one thing has changed, though. I respectfully suggest the
way of life of present and future terrorists has changed forever. The
future of organized terrorist cells is about to welcome the 21st
Century in a way they never anticipated, for in this dastardly act
they may have done what no other group of people could possibly have
done, and that is to unite the civilized world, unite our allies in
Europe who share our values, unite our Russian friends, our Chinese
friends, unite the world, because that image of that plane smashing
into the second tower has reverberated around the world and every
leader in every country can picture the same thing happening in their
nation.
I recently visited China with three of my colleagues. They have
buildings in China as tall or taller than the World Trade Center. I
can picture the President of China sitting there envisioning the same
thing happening. So I do not think all of a sudden there has been a
conversion of democratic zeal on the part of those who are not often
thought of as our allies to resolve with us to fight worldwide
terrorism, but it is a reflection of the reality that the world has
changed in a way that we all are vulnerable.
A further reality is that no one could have undertaken this very well
planned, and regrettably well executed, terrorist act without an
extensive network, without a place in which to plan it that was within
earshot and eyesight of some country, without some people who, by
their inaction at a minimum and their complicity, allowed this to
occur. There will be very few places to hide, I predict, from this
moment on, for these are not the acts of a single man or a single
woman. They are and they were and they will, if they try again, have
to be well planned, well funded, and widely supported by dozens upon
dozens of individuals and individual leaders.
In speaking to the President, the Secretary of State, and other
leaders in the administration, they are impressed by what they believe
to be the heartfelt, sincere and resolute offers of support to deal
with terrorism that not only come from expected quarters such as
England, France, Germany, Italy, and our European allies but from
unexpected quarters.
The word should go out to those who pretend they wish to be our
friends that they are going to have to make some very difficult
choices. Pakistan in particular is going to have to make a very
difficult choice, very soon, for we are counting. We are counting and
we are looking. Words will not be sufficient. Actions will be
demanded.
All of us say we will never let this happen again. Well, the act of a
single individual strapping explosives to their body is probably
something no one can ever guarantee will not happen, but dealing with
well organized, well-funded, well-coordinated, massive actions is
something that can be done only in a multilateral way, only
internationally.
No matter what we do, if we fail to lead the world in a multilateral
unity of absolute resolve, I say to you, sadly, that this could happen
again. But I am convinced it will not.
Today, as it has for 212 years, the U.S. Congress has convened. Two
miles down Pennsylvania Avenue, President Bush sits in the Oval Office
leading the executive branch and the country in a wide-ranging
investigation to find those who committed these barbarous acts. Around
this city and around New York, dedicated public servants are back at
their desks in Federal office buildings doing the people's business.
New York -- the city that never sleeps - has worked around the clock
in search of survivors, and they will find some. Around the Nation,
citizens of every age, every race, and every religion grieve for their
fellow citizens and stand united. They stand united in support of our
Nation, which has endured over two centuries against all enemies,
foreign and domestic. They stand united in readiness to answer the
call for their fellow neighbors. As Senator [Hillary] Clinton and
Senator [Charles] Schumer pointed out, they lined the blocks in New
York City to give blood. I would be dumbfounded if you did not see
black faces, Asian faces, Hispanic, every race, and every religion
standing in that line. They stand united in support of the President
of the United States, as do all of us here in the Senate.
Much will be said today and in the days ahead about the appropriate
responses to these heinous acts. But for now let me just say this.
This is not a struggle over ideology. This is not a struggle over
religion. This is a struggle between civilization and barbarity.
Let there be no doubt that the United States and civilized nations of
the world will unite and win this struggle. Our enemies will not, and
did not, defeat us. This country will go on, deeply wounded by the
loss of so many but strengthened by our resolve and our commitment to
sustain this great democracy. I see in this cataclysmic tragedy the
beginning of the end of organized and legitimized terrorist
activities.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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