Freedom-loving people/George W. Bush
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President George W. Bush, speaking at the June 8, 2001, Burden Celebration Event in Iowa said:
- "I'm going to Europe and looking headwise to my trip, going to Europe. But I cannot wait to describe to the people of Europe, the leaders in Europe, how important it is for freedom loving people to think differently about how to keep peace. Now, Russia is not our enemy, Russia is no longer our enemy and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale.
- "Our United States and our allies ought to develop the capacity to address the true threats of the 21st century. The true threats are biological and informational warfare. The true threats are the fact that some rogue nations who can't stand America, our allies, our freedoms or our successes would try to point a missile at us. And we must have the capacity to shoot that missile down. It's time to think differently about defense. (Applause.)
- "We're making progress. We're not only making progress and changing the tone, we're making progress of convincing people that some problems require a different way of thinking."
- "This is a fight for freedom. This is a fight to say to the freedom-loving people of the world we will not allow ourselves to be terrorized by somebody who thinks they can hit and hide in some cave somewhere."
- "I think that this is a long term battle--war. There'll be battles. But this is long term. After all, our mission is not just Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda organization. Our mission is to battle terrorism, and to join with freedom-loving people."
While addressing the National Security team in a Cabinet Room photo op on September 12, 2001, regarding the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush said:
- "This enemy attacked not just our people, but all freedom-loving people everywhere in the world. The United States of America will use all our resources to conquer this enemy. We will rally the world. We will be patient, we will be focused, and we will be steadfast in our determination. ... This battle will take time and resolve. But make no mistake about it: we will win."
A September 27, 2001, joint statement on terrorism and religious tolerance made by President George W. Bush and President Megawati Soekarnoputri of the Republic of Indonesia states:
- "Noting that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States, President Bush assured President Megawati that the American people respect Islam as one of the world's great religions and that the United States would join hands with freedom-loving people of all religions to combat transnational terror."
- "But the lesson in this case and every case is that this mighty Nation won't rest until we protect ourselves, our citizens, and freedom loving people around the World."
On October 14, 2001, President George W. Bush said, regarding possible terrorist attacks in Kuwait, Indonesia and Yemen:
- "It does look like a pattern of attacks that the enemy, albeit on the run, is trying to once again frighten and kill freedom-loving people."
- "He said that in St. Petersburg he would tell the Russians not to fear the expansion of NATO to their border because NATO countries 'are peace-loving people, these are freedom-loving people…. It should help Russian security that the Cold War is over. That the United States doesn't view Russia as a threat and neither does NATO.'"
President George W. Bush, "meeting with leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia, expressed his condolences [in December 2002] for attacks on Kenya, and pledged to join with the Horn of Africa nations to combat terrorism."
- "Our country mourns the loss of life in Kenya, the tragedy that befelled your country as a result of killers trying to terrorize freedom-loving people."
On November 8, 2003, President George W. Bush, in his proclamation naming November 9 as World Freedom Day, said:
- "Fourteen years ago, freedom-loving people tore down the Berlin Wall and began to set a nation free from Communist oppression."
Speaking to soldiers and their families at Ft. Carson, Colorado, on November 24, 2003, President George W. Bush said:
- "... the terrorists will not listen to reason, so the only course open to freedom-loving people is to continue to take the fight to the enemy. The United States fights in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of the world to hunt terrorists down."