SLUG: 0-09762 - Editorial - The War on Terror's New Phase
TITLE=EDITORIAL: THE WAR ON TERROR'S NEW PHASE
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Anncr: Next, an editorial expressing the policies of the United States Government:
Voice: Six months after the attacks on America, the U.S., as President George W. Bush said, is entering "the second stage of the war on terror -- a sustained campaign to deny sanctuary to terrorists who would threaten our citizens from anywhere in the world."
In the wake of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, much of the world rallied to support the war against terrorism. Many nations, including many Islamic countries, understood that Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network, the group responsible for the terror attacks, are cold-blooded murderers who are unfaithful to Islam.
Thanks to the U.S.-led coalition, al-Qaida and its Taleban sponsors have been routed from Afghanistan. Terrorist assets worldwide have been frozen. Terrorist front groups have been exposed. Terrorist plots have been unraveled. And thousands of terrorists have been brought to justice or are running for their lives. But much more must be done.
The next priority is denying terrorists safe haven anywhere in the world. As President Bush said, "We face an enemy of ruthless ambition, unconstrained by law or morality. The terror that targeted New York and Washington could next strike any center of civilization. Against such an enemy, there is no immunity, and there can be no neutrality. America encourages -- and expects -- governments everywhere to help remove the terrorist parasites that threaten their own countries and the peace of the world. If governments need training, or resources to meet this commitment, America will help."
Mr. Bush issued this warning: "Every nation in our coalition," he said, "must take seriously the growing threat of terror on a catastrophic scale -- terror armed with biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons. In preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, there is no margin for error, and no chance to learn from mistakes. Our coalition must act deliberately, but inaction is not an option. Men with no respect for life must never be allowed to control the ultimate instruments of death."
"This mission will end," said President Bush, "when the work is finished -- when terror networks of global reach have been defeated. Our war on terror will be judged by its finish, not by its start. More dangers and sacrifices lie ahead. Yet, America is prepared. Our resolve has only grown -- because we remember."
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