Friday, November 9, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 57


 
 









 

President details 'new era' in speech

By Ken Fountain
Daily Cougar Staff

"We have entered a new era, and this era requires new responsibilities, both for the government and for our people," President George W. Bush told the
nation in a televised Thursday-night address in an effort to shore up American morale after nearly two months of news about terrorism and war.

"The government has a responsibility to protect our citizens, and that starts with homeland security," Bush said before a supportive audience largely made
up of military and emergency services personnel at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Bush said that since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were perpetrated by hijackers on airliners, the government is beefing up security by posting National
Guard troops at airports and undercover air marshals aboard airplanes. He called on Congress to pass legislation that would put all airport security
functions under federal control.

He said the government and public health officials are working to contend with the later wave of terrorism, involving the spread of anthrax through the U.S.
postal system by as-yet-unknown culprits.

Bush cited his creation of the Office of Homeland Security, responsible for development of a comprehensive national protection strategy, and the
recently-passed anti-terrorism law as examples of ways the government is taking on its new responsibilities.

But he also called on ordinary American citizens to do their part.

"A terrorism alert is not a signal to stop your life. It is a call to be vigilant, to know that your government is on high alert and to add your eyes and ears to our
efforts to find and stop those who want to do us harm," he said.

Turning to the military campaign against the Taliban regime of Afghanistan and the al-Qaida organization of Osama bin Laden, Bush said, "In the long run,
the best way to defend our homeland, the best way to make sure our children can live in peace, is to take the battle to the enemy and to stop them."

"I gave fair warning to the government that harbors (the terrorists) in Afghanistan. The Taliban made a choice to continue hiding terrorists, and now they're
paying the price," he said.

Bush said that even as U.S. and British forces attack terrorist training camps and Taliban front line troops, they are continuing to drop food supplies for the
impoverished Afghan civilians.

"When the terrorists and their supporters are gone, the people of Afghanistan will say with the rest of the world, 'Good riddance,'" he said.

He said that since the September attacks, "Americans are refusing to give the terrorists the power" by demonstrating patriotism, donating money and blood
to the victims and participating in community service.

Bush referred to Todd Beamer, the passenger aboard Flight 93 who led the charge against the hijackers that forced the plane to crash in a Pennsylvania
field rather than its intended target. Beamer's last known words, Bush said, "were the Lord's Prayer and 'Let's roll.'"

"He didn't know he had signed on for heroism when he boarded that flight," Bush said. "But we have our marching orders. My fellow Americans, let's roll."
 
 
 

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