Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Interview on Danish Television (excerpts)
September 18, 2001
"The events fill you with horror. [...] It is of paramount importance to
find the perpetrators. To put names and faces to the perpetrators. Not least
out of consideration for the families."
"This must never become a religious war. It is a war against terrorism,
just as President Bush has said it so very strongly. [...] What concerns me
most right now is the risk that an attempt of stopping the terrorism might lead
to a new showdown, and the risk that many civilians might get hurt. But we know
that the Americans are well aware of that."
"The government is now saying to the Danish people that we must be able
to go all the way. We have said that we stand shoulder to shoulder with the
Americans, and we will not break this promise. [...] We must be prepared to
participate with the best we can. We may contribute in a wide range of ways.
It may be intelligence work. We have shifted our intelligence work to a higher
gear. We are cooperating very closely with the US and our European allies. [...]
We can help with back up. If for example the US or other allies need to move
aircrafts or soldiers into a new area and this leaves an area unprotected, then
maybe Denmark can move in."
"This is undoubtedly the most difficult situation I have experienced during
my more than 8 years as Prime Minister. But it must not lead to the inability
to make decisions. There are no more any neutral corners on the surface of the
earth where to hide. We share a common destiny with the whole world and our
allies, which is stronger than it has ever been before. [...] We also have to
realize that the poor people around the world and in Africa will not disappear
as when we turn off our TVs. Their destiny is also our destiny. We face a double
task: combating terrorism and removing the fertilizing substance, which provides
the breeding ground for the hatred and thus causes terrorism. This is exactly
what we do best in Denmark: The humanitarian effort to ensure that other people
may also have a future."