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Homeland Security

07 July 2005

Bush Condemns Terrorist Attacks In London

"We will not yield to terrorists," president says

President Bush condemned the terrorist attacks in London July 7 saying, "We will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists."

"We will find them, we will bring them to justice, and at the same time, we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate," Bush said in a prepared statement from Auchterarder, Scotland, where he is attending the annual Group of Eight Summit.

On the morning of July 7, four blasts in London killed at least 37 and injured more than 700 people, according to figures released by Scotland Yard, the British agency coordinating the investigation.  British officials confirmed three blasts on the London subway and an explosion that tore open a double-decker bus at Russell Square in central London.  As of 4:30 p.m. local time, the London Metropolitan Police had opened a Casualty Bureau to coordinate release of information on victims and potential victims.

At 8:49 a.m. local time, an incident was reported to the British Transport Police on the subway line between Liverpool Street and Aldgate station.  At 8:56 a.m., there was another incident on the subway at King’s Cross and Russell Square in North London.  At 9:17 there was an explosion on a train coming into Edgware Road subway station.  At 9:47 a.m. there was an explosion on a bus in Tavistock Square.

Bush said he met briefly with British Prime Minister Tony Blair after learning of the attacks and offered condolences to the people of London and Britain.

Blair left Scotland to return to London and to speak to the British people, Bush said.

"He'll carry a message of solidarity with him," Bush said.

Bush also said he has spoken with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and instructed the agency to alert state and local officials about the facts and what has taken place in London.  He urged state and local governments "to be extra vigilant."

For additional information, see Response to Terrorism.

Following is the text of Bush's remarks:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Auchterarder, Scotland)
July 7, 2005

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUSH
ON THE BOMBINGS IN LONDON

Gleneagles Hotel
Auchterarder, Scotland

1:30 P.M. (Local)

PRESIDENT BUSH: I spent some time recently with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and had an opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of London, people who lost lives.  I appreciate Prime Minister Blair's steadfast determination and his strength.  He's on his way now to London here from the G8 to speak directly to the people of London.  He'll carry a message of solidarity with him.

This morning I have been in contact with our Homeland Security folks.  I instructed them to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here and in London, and to be extra vigilant, as our folks start heading to work.

The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London and what's taking place here is incredibly vivid to me.  On the one hand, we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty, to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on ways to have a clean environment.  And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people.  And the contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill -- those who have got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks.

The war on terror goes on.  I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room.  Their resolve is as strong as my resolve.  And that is we will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists.  We will find them, we will bring them to justice, and at the same time, we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate.

Thank you very much.

END

1:32 P.M. (Local)

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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