"Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands
Bush to US Congress
September 11, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against
our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years
they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941.
Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center
of a great city on a peaceful morning.
known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians.
All of this
was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different
world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.
many questions tonight. Americans are asking, "Who attacked our
we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated
terrorist organisations known as al Qaeda. They are some of the
murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and
Kenya and responsible for bombing the USS Cole.
Al Qaeda is
to terror what the Mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making
money, its goal is remaking the world and imposing its radical beliefs
on people everywhere.
practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected
by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics; a fringe
movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.
directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all
Americans and make no distinctions among military and civilians,
including women and children.
and its leader, a person named Osama bin Laden, are linked to many
other organisations in different countries, including the Egyptian
Islamic Jihad, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
There are thousands
of these terrorists in more than 60 countries.
They are recruited
from their own nations and neighbourhoods and brought to camps in
places like Afghanistan where they are trained in the tactics of
terror. They are sent back to
Cranes remove debris 'Ground Zero', the site of what was the World