Good morning. This weekend I am beginning a journey to Europe and the Middle
East. My first stop is Poland, the home of a proud people who have known both
the horror of tyranny and the hope of liberty.
On a visit to Warsaw two years ago, I affirmed our nation's commitment to
a united Europe, bound to America by close ties of history, commerce and
friendship. Today we are striving for a world in which men and women can
live in freedom and peace, instead of in fear and chaos, and every civilized
nation has a stake in the outcome.
Poland and America are proud members of NATO, and our military alliance
must be prepared to meet the challenges of our time. Our common security
requires European governments to invest in modern military capabilities so
our forces can move quickly with a precision that can strike the guilty and
spare the innocent.
NATO must show resolve and foresight to act beyond Europe, and it has begun
to do so. NATO has agreed to lead security forces in Afghanistan and to support
Polish allies in Iraq. A strong NATO alliance, with a broad vision of its
role, will serve our security and the cause of peace.
In the last 20 months, the world has seen the determination of our nation,
and many others, to fight the forces of terror. Yet armed force is always
a last resort, and Americans know that terrorism is not defeated by military
power alone. We believe that the ultimate answer to hatred is hope. The ideology
of terrorism takes hold in an atmosphere of resentment and despair. And so
we help men and women around the world to build lives of purpose and dignity.
In Africa and elsewhere, America is committed to a comprehensive, $15-billion
effort to prevent and treat AIDS and provide humane care for its victims.
I urge our partners in Europe to make a similar commitment, so we can work
together in turning the tide against AIDS in Africa. My administration has
proposed an emergency famine fund, so we can rush help to countries where
the first signs of famine appear. The nations of Europe can greatly help
in this effort with emergency funds of their own. I urge European governments
to reconsider policies that discourage African farmers from using safe biotechnology
to feed their own people.
I have also proposed a 50-percent increase in America's core development
assistance to help spur economic growth and alleviate poverty. This aid will
go where it will do the most good -- not to corrupt elites, but to nations
with leaders that respect the rule of law, invest in the health and education
of their people, and encourage economic freedom. If European governments
will adopt these same standards, we can work side-by-side in providing the
kind of development aid that helps transform entire societies.
America and Europe are called to advance the cause of freedom and peace.
Next week in the Middle East, I will meet with the Palestinian and Israeli
Prime Ministers, and other leaders in the region. The work ahead will require
difficult decisions and leadership, but there is no other choice. No leader
of conscience can accept more months and years of humiliation and killing
and mourning. For peace to prevail, terrorism must end. All concerned must
shake off the old arguments and the old ways and act in the cause of peace.
And I will do all I can to help the parties reach and agreement and to see
that agreement is enforced.
This is America's agenda in the world. From the defeat of terror, to the
alleviation of disease and hunger, to the spread of human liberty, we welcome
and we need the help, advice and wisdom of friends and allies. When Europe
and America are united, no problem and no enemy can stand against us.