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22 May 2002

Powell Says Terrorism Will Be Fought "Throughout the World"

(Preface to "Patterns of Global Terrorism 2001" Report) (740)
Secretary of State Colin Powell stated that the campaign against
international terrorism is not limited to the war in Afghanistan and
bringing to justice the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks on
the United States.
According to the secretary, it is also about the international
community's fight against terrorism "throughout the world." Powell
made the statement in the Preface to the 2001 Report on "Patterns of
Global Terrorism," released by the State Department May 21.
Powell said that the terrorist threat is global and hence requires an
international response that is "comprehensive, multi-dimensional, and
steadfast." The campaign against terrorism, the secretary said, is
expected to last years and will be fought on many fronts.
"We and our Coalition partners must be prepared to conduct a long,
hard campaign, measured in years and fought on many fronts with every
tool of statecraft-political, diplomatic, legal, economic, financial,
intelligence, and when necessary, military," said Powell.
Powell noted the international community's response to President
Bush's call for a global coalition against terrorism following the
September 11 attacks on the United States.
"Country by country, region by region, we have strengthened law
enforcement and intelligence cooperation and we have tightened border
controls to make it harder for terrorists to move about, communicate,
and plot," he said.
Following is the text of the Preface:
(begin text)
Preface by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
In 2001, terrorism cast its lethal shadow across the globe - yet the
world's resolve to defeat it has never been greater.
When the terrorists struck on September 11, their target was not just
the United States, but also the values that the American people share
with men and women all over the world who believe in the sanctity of
human life and cherish freedom. Indeed, citizens from some 80
countries were murdered in the attacks.
Nations of every continent, culture, and creed, of every region, race,
and religion, answered President Bush's call for a global coalition
against terrorism. In the months since the attacks, we and our
Coalition partners have taken systematic measures to break terrorism's
global reach. Country by country, region by region, we have
strengthened law enforcement and intelligence cooperation and we have
tightened border controls to make it harder for terrorists to move
about, communicate, and plot.
One by one, we are severing the financial bloodlines of terrorist
organizations.
As the result of the Coalition's operations in Afghanistan, al-Qaida
and Taliban leaders are now either captured, killed, or on the run.
And there are fewer and fewer places they can run to-except into the
long arms of Justice.
Coalition forces have lifted the yoke of oppression from the backs of
the Afghan people. Afghanistan's political transformation is underway
toward a government that represents citizens of every ethnic
background, women as well as men. The world community already has
committed an initial $4.5 billion to put the country back on its feet
and its future back into the hands of its people, so that Afghanistan
will never again become safe ground for terrorists.
But the campaign against international terrorism isn't only about
Afghanistan and bringing the perpetrators, planners, and abettors of
the September 11 attacks to account. It is also about bringing the
international community's combined strengths to bear against the
scourge of terrorism in its many manifestations throughout the world.
The terrorist threat is global in scope, many faceted, and determined.
The world's response must be equally comprehensive, multi-dimensional,
and steadfast. We and our Coalition partners must be prepared to
conduct a long, hard campaign, measured in years and fought on many
fronts with every tool of statecraft-political, diplomatic, legal,
economic, financial, intelligence, and when necessary, military.
In this global campaign against terrorism, no country has the luxury
of remaining on the sidelines. There are no sidelines. Terrorists
respect no limits, geographic or moral. The frontlines are everywhere
and the stakes are high. Terrorism not only kills people. It also
threatens democratic institutions, undermines economies, and
destabilizes regions.
This chilling report details the very clear and present danger that
terrorism poses to the world and the efforts that the United States
and our partners in the international community are making to defeat
it.
The cold, hard facts presented here compel the world's continued
vigilance and concerted action.
Signed, Colin L. Powell
(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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