Bush calls for 'patience and resolve'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush pledged Saturday that the United States would use all weapons at its disposal -- military, diplomatic, financial and legal -- to crush terrorism worldwide, but said "the patience and resolve of the American people" would ensure a U.S. victory.
"We did not seek this conflict, but we will win it," Bush said in his weekly radio address, echoing messages sent since the attacks on New York and Washington earlier this month. "America will act deliberately and decisively, and the cause of freedom will prevail."
Bush recapped what his administration has done in a conflict he has described as pitting "good vs. evil."
"This is a different kind of war which we will wage aggressively and methodically to disrupt and destroy terrorist activity," Bush said.
The recent government actions outlined by Bush include:
-- Mobilizing armed forces units, including reservists
-- Building an international coalition and soliciting support from other nations to combat terrorism
-- Freezing the financial assets of identified terrorists and terrorist organizations
-- Seeking new law enforcement authority to track and detain suspected terrorists
-- Improving security on airplanes by increasing the number of armed federal air marshals and more securely fortifying cockpit doors
-- Tightening security at airports by moving to put federal law enforcement in charge of bag and passenger screening and adopting stricter standards,
Bush also stressed that America's war against terrorism was meant to isolate Afghanistan's ruling Taliban -- which the administration says harbors terrorists, including prime suspect Osama bin Laden -- but not to harm the Afghan people.
"The United States respects the people of Afghanistan, and we are their largest provider of humanitarian aid," he said. "But we condemn the Taliban, and welcome the support of other nations in isolating that regime."
In the Democratic response to Bush's weekly address, Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn urged Americans to take up "civic activism of all kinds" in the crisis.
"The Democratic Party stands 100 percent behind President Bush as he prepares the appropriate military response," Hahn said, in the address usually reserved to rebut the Republican party's stance. "But, we all have a role to play in helping heal the nation, in celebrating the very freedoms that terrorists tried -- but failed -- to destroy."
Hahn called on Americans draw strength from that inspiration to "resume the business of democracy" and "return to the business of our daily lives."
"We will do it by seeking comfort in the rituals of American life -- going to work, spending time with our families, traveling, being active in our communities and taking part in the democratic process."
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