Bombing in Baghdad, Iraq
August 19, 2003
11:05 A.M. CDT
Today in Baghdad terrorists turned their violence against the United Nations.
The U.N. personnel and Iraqi citizens killed in the bombing were in that country
on a purely humanitarian mission. Men and women in the targeted building were
working on reconstruction, medical care for Iraqis. They were there to help
with the distribution of food. A number have been killed or injured. And to
those who suffer, I extend the sympathy of the American people.
A short time ago I spoke with Ambassador Bremer and directed him to provide
all possible assistance to the rescue and recovery effort at the United Nations
headquarters. I also spoke to Secretary General Kofi Annan about the personal
loss the U.N. has suffered, about the assistance my country has offered and
about the vital work in Iraq that continues.
The terrorists who struck today have again shown their contempt for the
innocent. They showed their fear of progress and their hatred of peace. They
are the enemies of the Iraqi people. They are the enemies of every nation
that seeks to help the Iraqi people. By their tactics and their targets,
these murderers reveal themselves once more as enemies of the civilized world.
Every sign of progress in Iraq adds to the desperation of the terrorists
and the remnants of Saddam's brutal regime. The civilized world will not
be intimidated, and these killers will not determine the future of Iraq.
The Iraqi people have been liberated from a dictator. Iraq is on a irreversible
course toward self-government and peace. And America and our friends and
the United Nations will stand with the Iraqi people as they reclaim their
nation and their future.
Iraqi people face a challenge, and they face a choice. The terrorists want
to return to the days of torture chambers and mass graves. The Iraqis who
want peace and freedom must reject them and fight terror. And the United
States and many in the world will be there to help them.
All nations of the world face a challenge and a choice. By attempting to
spread chaos and fear, terrorists are testing our will. Across the world,
they are finding that our will cannot be shaken. We will persevere through
every hardship. We will continue this war on terror until the killers are
brought to justice. And we will prevail.
May God bless the souls who have been harmed in Iraq. Thank you very much.