Remarks to the Australian People
October 19, 2002
This Sunday is a day of national mourning in Australia, a day in which our friends
mourn the needless loss of life. You come together as a nation to grieve for
the victims of those who were killed by the murderers in Indonesia. And our
country grieves with you, and we suffer with you. And we send our prayers to
the families who cry, and we send our prayers for a speedy recovery for the
Together we face an enemy which does not value innocent life, an enemy which
tries to terrorize the free world into inaction. They will fail. Together we
will hunt down the killers so that there's justice in the world. Together we
will fight terror so as to keep the peace and to make the world more free.
America and Australia are close friends. We value our friendship. We remember
so well after September the 11, 2001, your prayers, your sympathies, your strong
support. And we will never forget it.
On this sad day, on this day of mourning, America is with you in spirit. May
God bless the victims and their families. May God heal the injured. And may
God continue to bless Australia.