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In the five years since our nation was attacked,
we've also learned a
great deal about the enemy we face in this war.1
We've learned about
them through videos and audio recordings, and letters and statements
they've posted on websites. We've learned about them from captured
enemy documents that the terrorists have never meant for us to see.
Together, these documents and statements have given us clear insight
into the mind of our enemies -- their ideology,2
their ambitions, and
their strategy to defeat us.
We know what the terrorists intend to do because they've told us -- and
we need to take their words seriously. So today I'm going to describe
-- in the terrorists' own words, what they bbbelieve…2
they hope to accomplish, and how they intend to accomplish it. I'll
discuss how the enemy has adapted in the wake of our sustained
offensive against them, and the threat posed by different strains of
violent Islamic radicalism.3 I'll explain the
strategy we're pursuing
protect America, by defeating the terrorists on the battlefield, and
defeating their hateful ideology2 in the battle
The terrorists who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001, are men
without conscience -- but they're not madmen. They kill in the name of
a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs that are evil,4
insane. These al Qaeda terrorists and those who share their ideology
are violent Sunni extremists. They're driven by a radical and
vision of Islam that rejects tolerance4,
crushes all dissent, and
justifies the murder of innocent men, women and children in the pursuit
of political power.5 They hope to establish a
violent political utopia
across the Middle East, which they call a "Caliphate" -- where all
would be ruled according to their hateful ideology. Osama bin Laden has
called the 9/11 attacks -- in his words -- "a great step towards the
unity of Muslims and establishing the Righteous…
This caliphate would be a totalitarian6 Islamic
empire encompassing all
current and former Muslim lands, stretching from Europe to North
Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. We know this because al
Qaeda has told us. About two months ago, the terrorist Zawahiri -- he's
al Qaeda's second in command -- declared that al Qaeda intends to
impose its rule in "every land that was a home for Islam, from [Spain]
to Iraq. He went on to say, "The whole world is an open field for us."
... The goal of these Sunni extremists is to remake the entire Muslim
world in their radical3 image. In pursuit of
their imperial aims, these
extremists say there can be no compromise or dialogue with those they
call "infidels" -- a category that includes America, the world's free
nations, Jews, and all Muslims who reject their extreme3
Islam. They reject the possibility of peaceful coexistence with the
free world. Again, hear the words of Osama bin Laden earlier this year:
"Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among
and advance their vision of a unified, totalitarian Islamic state that
can confront and eventually destroy the free world....
Bin Laden and his allies are absolutely convinced they can succeed in
forcing America to retreat and causing our economic collapse. They
believe our nation is weak and decadent, and lacking in patience and
resolve. And they're wrong.7 (Applause.) Osama
bin Laden has written
that the "defeat of... American forces in Beirut" in 1983 is proof
America does not have the stomach to stay in the fight. He's declared
that "in Somalia… the United States [pulled] out, trailing
disappointment, defeat, and failure behind it." And last year, the
terrorist Zawahiri declared that Americans "know better than others
that there is no hope in victory.8 The Vietnam
specter is closing every
Hear the words of bin Laden: "I now address… the
Islamic nation: Listen and understand… The most…
issue today for the whole world is this Third World War…
is raging in [Iraq]." He calls it "a war of destiny between infidelity
and Islam." He says, "The whole world is watching this war," and that
it will end in "victory and glory or misery and humiliation." For al
Qaeda, Iraq is not a distraction from their war on America -- it is the
central battlefield where the outcome of this struggle will be
History teaches that underestimating the words of evil and ambitious
men is a terrible mistake. In the early 1900s, an exiled lawyer in
Europe published a pamphlet called "What Is To Be Done?" -- in which he
laid out his plan to launch a communist revolution in Russia. The world
did not heed Lenin's words, and paid a terrible price. The Soviet
Empire he established killed tens of millions, and brought the world to
the brink of thermonuclear war. In the 1920s, a failed Austrian painter
published a book in which he explained his intention to build an Aryan
super-state in Germany and take revenge on Europe and eradicate the
Jews. The world ignored Hitler's words, and paid a terrible price. His
Nazi regime killed millions in the gas chambers, and set the world
aflame in war, before it was finally defeated at a terrible cost in
Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear
as Lenin and Hitler before them.9 The question
is: Will we listen? Will
we pay attention to what these evil men say? America and our coalition
partners have made our choice. We're taking the words of the enemy
seriously. We're on the offensive, and we will not rest, we will not
retreat, and we will not withdraw from the fight, until this threat to
civilization has been removed.10 (Applause.) ...
Iran's leaders, who back Hezbollah, have also declared their absolute
hostility to America. Last October, Iran's President declared in a
speech that some people ask -- in his words -- "whether a world without
the United States and Zionism can be achieved… I say that
this… goal is achievable." Less than three months ago,
President declared to America and other Western powers: "open your eyes
and see the fate of pharaoh… if you do not abandon the path
falsehood… your doomed destiny will be annihilation."11
two months ago, he warned: "The anger of Muslims may reach an explosion
point soon. If such a day comes… [America and the West]
know that the waves of the blast will not remain within the boundaries
of our region." He also delivered this message to the American people:
"If you would like to have good relations with the Iranian nation in
the future… bow down before the greatness of the Iranian
and surrender. If you don't accept [to do this], the Iranian nation
will… force you to surrender and bow down."12...
The Shia and Sunni extremists represent different faces of the same
threat. They draw inspiration from different sources, but both seek to
impose a dark vision of violent Islamic radicalism3
across the Middle
East. They oppose the advance of freedom, and they want to gain control
of weapons of mass destruction. If they succeed in undermining fragile
democracies, like Iraq, and drive the forces of freedom out of the
region, they will have an open field to pursue their dangerous goals.
Each strain of violent Islamic radicalism3
would be emboldened in their
efforts to topple moderate governments and establish terrorist safe
Imagine a world in which they were able to control governments, a world
awash with oil and they would use oil resources to punish
industrialized nations. And they would use those resources to fuel
their radical agenda, and pursue and purchase weapons of mass murder.
And armed with nuclear weapons, they would blackmail the free world,
and spread their ideologies of hate, and raise a mortal threat to the
American people. If we allow them to do this, if we retreat from Iraq,
if we don't uphold our duty to support those who are desirous to live
in liberty, 50 years from now history will look back on our time with
unforgiving clarity, and demand to know why we did not act13....
Together, we pledge we'll continue to work together to stop the world's
most dangerous men from getting their hands on the world's most
dangerous weapons. (Applause.)...
Third, we're determined to deny terrorists the support of outlaw
regimes. After September the 11th, I laid out a clear doctrine: America
makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror, and those
that harbor and support them, because they're equally guilty of murder.
Thanks to our efforts, there are now three fewer state sponsors of
terror in the world than there were on September the 11th, 2001.
Afghanistan and Iraq have been transformed from terrorist states into
allies in the war on terror. And the nation of Libya has renounced
terrorism, and given up its weapons of mass destruction programs, and
its nuclear materials and equipment. Over the past five years, we've
acted to disrupt the flow of weapons and support from terrorist states
to terrorist networks. And we have made clear that any government that
chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of
Fourth, we're determined to deny terrorist networks control of any
nation, or territory within a nation. So, along with our coalition and
the Iraqi government, we'll stop the terrorists from taking control of
Iraq, and establishing a new safe haven from which to attack America
and the free world. And we're working with friends and allies to deny
the terrorists the enclaves they seek to establish in ungoverned areas
across the world. By helping governments reclaim full sovereign control
over their territory, we make ourselves more secure15....
Fifth, we're working to deny terrorists new recruits, by defeating
their hateful ideology2 and spreading the hope
of freedom16 -- by
spreading the hope of freedom across the Middle East. For decades,
American policy sought to achieve peace in the Middle East by pursuing
stability at the expense of liberty. The lack of freedom in that region
helped create conditions where anger and resentment grew, and
radicalism thrived, and terrorists found willing recruits.17
And we saw
the consequences on September the 11th, when the terrorists brought
death and destruction to our country. The policy wasn't working18....
The experience of September the 11th made clear, in the long run, the
only way to secure our nation is to change the course of the Middle
East.19 So America has committed its influence
in the world to advancing
freedom and liberty and democracy as the great alternatives to
repression and radicalism.20 (Applause.) We're
taking the side of
democratic leaders21 and moderates22
and reformers23 across the Middle
We strongly support the voices of tolerance and moderation in the
Muslim world24. We're standing with
Afghanistan's elected government
against al Qaeda and the Taliban remnants that are trying to restore
tyranny in that country. We're standing with Lebanon's young democracy
against the foreign forces that are seeking to undermine the country's
sovereignty and independence. And we're standing with the leaders of
Iraq's unity government as they work to defeat the enemies of freedom,
and chart a more hopeful course for their people. This is why victory
is so important in Iraq. By helping freedom succeed in Iraq,25
help America, and the Middle East, and the world become more secure....
And now, freedom is once again contending with the forces of darkness
and tyranny. This time, the battle is unfolding in a new region -- the
broader Middle East.26 This time, we're not
waiting for our enemies to
gather in strength.27 This time, we're
confronting them before they gain
the capacity to inflict unspeakable damage on the world,28
confronting their hateful ideology29 before it
fully takes root30....
We see a day when people across the Middle East have governments that
honor their dignity, and unleash their creativity, and count their
votes. We see a day when across this region citizens are allowed to
express themselves freely, women have full rights31,
and children are
educated and given the tools necessary to succeed in life. And we see a
day when all the nations of the Middle East are allies in the cause of
We fight for this day, because the security of our own citizens depends
on it. This is the great ideological struggle of the 21st century --
and it is the calling of our generation. All civilized nations are
bound together in this struggle between moderation and extremism.33
coming together, we will roll back this grave threat to our way of
life. We will help the people of the Middle East claim their freedom,34
and we will leave a safer and more hopeful world for our children and
Haven't you learned the enemy's name(Islam)? If you have,
why don't you reveal it?
What does the enemy believe, Mr. President? Why
don't you reveal the content of the ideology Islam seeks to impose upon
us? It includes, but is not limited to: supremacism, intolerance,
exterminating or enslaving all who do not accept Islam, and the
sanctification of Jihad,
terrorism. Perhaps you should read the Qur'an
and find discover Islam's doctrine set for yourself; then share it with
It is not just patience & perseverence
we lack, it is resolve & determination, the sort of resolve
President Truman demonstrated at Hiroshima! Failure to nuke
Afghanistan, Iraq & Pakistan immediately after the Abomination
indicated our lack of resolve. Failure to flatten Najaf
& Fallujia in the first round confirmed it.
The chorus of calls for retreat coming from Socialists,
Democrats & RINOS proves it. P.M. Blair's desperate
position verifies it, as does France's weak reaction to their
Muhammad was nearly 1400 years ahead! Read
point 3 above and follow the hyperlinks therein contained!
Then why are terrorist training camps untouched in
Pakistan, Iran, Syria & Lebanon? Why are two
Iranian munitions factories making shaped charges
which have killed hundreds of our servicemen in iraq still on the face
of the earth? Do you comprehend the fact that the threat
won't end until Islam is eradicated? It can not be appeased. It can not
be contained. It must be eradicated. Islam is a demonic mandate to
conquer and subjugate the entire world. It is promised a 10 to 1
advantage in battle. It promises Paradise to those killed in
battle against us. You won't name the enemy, much less
Muhammad dictated and dispatched extortion
letters saying "Embrace Islam and you will be safe." He
followed up with his army.
Why in Hell didn't you Nuke them immediately after the
Abomination? Why don't you name the enemy: Islam, without
distracting qualifiers which degrade your dignity and deny us the
truth? Why did you press Israel to make suicidal concessions?
Why did you accept a bogus cease fire resolution for Lebanon?
Which Muslim nation does not support HAMAS &
Hizbollah and other terror groups??
Such as North Waziristan, where Pakistan recently packed
in and left it to the terrorists?!
No Muslim has hope of freedom without first breaking
Allah's yoke of slavery! It is not possible to combine Islam and
freedom! You need to read the Qur'an
to discover what we are up against!!
Islam is doctrine driven, not grievance driven! Bin Laden
& Zawahiri are wealthy. Many of the splodydopes come from
middle and upper class families. To end terrorism, you must
Only one policy can work: make the globe an Islam free
zone! Islam is not peaceful
and it can not be reformed!!!
Eradicating Islam from the earth is the only way to
restore relative security!
Islam is slavery to Allah and his Messenger, succeeded by
his Caliphs. No Muslim can be free! Democracy requires free
citizens, not slaves. Democracy involves law making by consensus. Islam
holds man made law to be blasphemy; denying Allah's right to rule.
Women in Islam are chattle
property, whose testimony
is worth only half that of a Muslim male. Jews,
Christians and other minorities are Dhimmis
or slaves, not even second class citizens!
If they are Muslim, they are not democrats!!! The two are
There is no moderate Islam; only standard Islam, which
muhammad preached and practiced. Anything else is heresy or apostasy!!!
Muhammad set the standard.
Islam can not be reformed! Both the Qur'an and
Hadith curse anyone who attempts it! Allah's word can not change!
Read this for the details: Can
Islam Be Reformed?
Islam is neither tolerant nor moderate! Islam can not
Judiasm or Christianity! Islam declares that only allah has the right
to be worshiped. Your tolerant moderates are Mushrikun or
apostates, not Muslims.
Freedom could only succeed in Iraq if Islam was first
eliminated from the country! Freedom and Islam can not
they are completely incompatible!!!
The battleground is wherever Islam's writ don't run!
are dar ul harb: the domain of war. We will not have peace until Islam
no longer exists!
What are you doing about Pakistan's existing nuclear
and the submarines they are buying and building to carry mirved
missiles? What are you doing about Iran's quest for nukes?
Fooling with the U.N. won't cut the mustard. The IAEA won't
the mustard. Negotiations won't cut the mustard. When good
negotiates with evil, evil wins every time!
Then nuke them and be done with it!!! Do it now, before
they have a nuclear umbrella!!!
Malarkey! You refuse to call the enemy by name:
You refuse to name the doctrines which compose the
It took root 1394 years ago!!! You are a day late and a
Do you see a day without Islam? If not, your
vision is false!!
Do you see a Middle East with no muslim nations?
If not, your vision is a mirage!!!
There is no such element in Islam! Muhammad set
the standard: Jihad,
Moderate Islam is malicious maundery, no such entity exists, never
existed and never will exist!!!
Then start now to fight Islamic ideology! Begin
mass media, both dramatic and news, to expose Allahs slaves to the
truth about their slavemaster and his damnable doctrines and practices.
That is the only way to plant the seeds of doubt and introspection
which can sprout and grow into mass apostasy. Get someone to
create a full length feature documetary showing the revelation of the
Qur'an and its spread through warfare. Get it on the big and
little silver screens on a global scale. Supplement it with a