George Bush: 'The future of civilisation is at stake in this struggle'

From a radio broadcast to the American people on the bombings in London by the President of the United States
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The Independent Online

While terrorists were killing innocent men and women in London, leaders at the G8 were discussing how free nations can combat poverty and HIV/Aids, create a cleaner environment, and improve the lives of people everywhere. The contrast could not be more vivid between the intentions and the hearts of those who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and the evil intentions and acts of those who rejoice in the death and suffering of the innocent.

On the day of the London attacks, every world leader at the G8 summit stood with Prime Minister Blair as he said: "Our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people."

The free world is united in its resolve: We will never yield to terrorists and murderers. In the face of such adversaries, there is only one course of action: We will continue to take the fight to the enemy, and we will fight until the enemy is defeated.

We are now waging a global war on terror - from the mountains of Afghanistan to the border regions of Pakistan, to the Horn of Africa, to the islands of the Philippines, to the plains of Iraq. We will stay on the offence, fighting the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them at home. We will continue to deny the terrorists safe haven and the support of rogue states. And at the same time, we will spread the universal values of hope and freedom that will overwhelm their ideology of tyranny and hate.

The free world did not seek this conflict, yet we will win it. Here at home, federal, state, and local officials are doing everything possible to protect us from another terrorist attack in America.The terrorists cannot shake our will. America and its allies will act decisively, because we know that the future of civilisation is at stake in this struggle, and we know that the cause of freedom will prevail.