21 May 2002
Powell Says World's Resolve to Defeat Terrorism is Strong
(Secretary of State releases annual terrorism report May 21) (990)
The global campaign against terrorism is not only about Afghanistan
and bringing terrorists to account for the attacks of September 11th,
it is also about harnessing the international community's combined
strength to battle terrorism throughout the world, says Secretary of
State Colin Powell.
"Though the threat from terrorism is not new, the world's resolve to
defeat it has never been greater," Powell said May 21 at a briefing to
introduce the "Patterns of Global Terrorism: 2001" report. This report
is the 22nd edition that has been sent to the U.S. Congress.
Powell said the report includes the death toll in 2001 from terrorist
attacks, which used largely conventional weapons, but it also
"confirms that terrorists are trying every way they can to get their
hands on weapons of mass destruction."
"Terrorists respect no limits, geographic or moral," he said. "The
front lines are everywhere, and the stakes are high. Terrorism not
only kills people; it also threatens democratic institutions,
undermines economies and destabilizes regions."
The entire "Patterns of Global Terrorism: 2001" report can be found on
the State Department's Internet website at
Following is the text of Powell's remarks:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN L. POWELL
ON "PATTERNS OF GLOBAL TERRORISM" ANNUAL REPORT
May 21, 2002
12:30 p.m. EDT
SECRETARY POWELL: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I'm pleased to
be here and to join Ambassador Frank Taylor, our Coordinator for
Counterterrorism, to present the 2001 edition of Patterns of Global
Terrorism, which is not only a very attractive book, but a very, very
attractive CD-Rom as well. And it comes complete with its own Acrobat
Reader. For those of you who think it might not load, it will load;
we've tested it. And I hope you'll all find it a very useful addition
to the manner in which we provide this information to the world.
This Report, mandated by Congress, is the 22nd such annual report to
chronicle in grim detail the lethal threat that terrorism casts over
the globe. Though the threat from terrorism is not new, the world's
resolve to defeat it has never been greater. In 2001, for the first
time, terrorists struck with savagery in the United States, killing
some 3,000 people from 80 different countries. Nations of every
continent, culture and creed, of every region, race and religion
answered President Bush's call for a global coalition against
terrorism. The United States led the international campaign to destroy
al-Qaida's base in Afghanistan, and end the oppressive Taliban regime
that gave it sanctuary.
But the continuing campaign against international terrorism isn't only
about Afghanistan and bringing the perpetrators, planners and abettors
of the September 11th attacks to account. It is also about bringing
the international community's combined strength to bear against the
scourge of terrorism in its many manifestations throughout the world.
The advance of technology and globalization extend terrorism's deadly
reach by making it easier for terrorists to move about, to form
networks and conspire, with or without state sponsors.
The Report records the death toll in 2001 from terrorist attacks in
which conventional weapons were used. It also confirms that terrorists
are trying every way they can to get their hands on weapons of mass
destruction, whether radiological, chemical, biological or nuclear.
The terrorist threat is global in scope, many-faceted and determined.
The campaign against terrorism must be equally comprehensive,
multidimensional and steadfast. It must be fought on many fronts, with
every tool of statecraft.
This Report marks the significant progress against terrorism that we
and our coalition partners are making in a variety of critical areas.
Country by country, region by region, coalition members have
strengthened law enforcement and intelligence cooperation. We have
tightened border controls and made it harder for terrorists to travel,
to communicate, and therefore to plot. One by one, we are severing the
financial bloodlines of terrorist organizations.
Increasing the capacity of other nations to fight terrorism on their
own soil is also critical to breaking the back of terrorism worldwide.
That is why the United States has launched a train-and-equip program
that will help the Government of Georgia develop its own capability to
keep terrorists from crossing its borders and to fight terrorists
already within those borders. We have worked with the Government of
Yemen to root out al-Qaida cells and ensure that Yemen is not used as
a base for terrorist operations. And our military is conducting joint
counterterrorism training with the armed forces of the Philippines to
help them defeat terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf.
Terrorists respect no limits, geographic or moral. The front lines are
everywhere, and the stakes are high. Terrorism not only kills people;
it also threatens democratic institutions, undermines economies and
destabilizes regions. In this global campaign against terrorism, no
country, no nation has the luxury of remaining on the sidelines,
because there are no sidelines. Every country is vulnerable and every
country has the ability and the responsibility to contribute to the
I want to thank Ambassador Frank Taylor and his team for their hard
work, and our people at embassies all around the world who contributed
to the preparation of this Report, and for the extraordinary
dedication that all of these individuals have shown, especially in the
demanding months since September 11th.
We hope that this Report will help inform the American and world
publics about the nature of the terrorist threat and how the
international community can work together to eradicate this threat
once and for all.
I am now pleased to introduce Ambassador Taylor, who will take your
questions and continue the briefing. Thank you very much.
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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