perpetrators of this unholy massacre must – and will – be brought to
swift, and harsh justice. Without question. Without delay. And without fail.
must not be allowed to accomplish their goals of bringing this great
country, the greatest the world has ever known, to it’s knees. But
greatness is earned. Not assumed. Greatness is tested each and every day.
Greatness must be demonstrated to the world. Our Greatness is being tested
today more than ever before.
is a turning point in history. From this day forward, life on this planet
will never – and must never – be the same. The seeds of this tragedy
must now be used to grow the abundant fruits of life and freedom across the
globe in a way that our fathers, grandfathers and forefathers could have
must avoid the easy, and well-justified, temptation to avenge. To create
more hostility, and, as Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela so wisely said,
“to avoid any course of action that will be as unpopular as the terrorists”
in the eyes of the world. For if we fail to do so, certain death and
destruction will inevitably be borne from it. Borne by rash and imprudent
action. Both by us, and by those that wish to destroy us. For every Usama
bin Laden that we destroy, a thousand will be born in his place.
we can take momentary solace from a swift and thorough retribution, we must,
as Americans set an example for the world. We must take this opportunity to
change the direction of history itself.
world has become too technologically advanced, too dangerous, and too easy
for the smallest of hate groups, the most desperate of individuals, for a
singular madman to cause too much death and destruction in ways never dreamt
cannot protect every border, every building, every airplane, bus, water
supply, the very oxygen we breathe, against a madman bent on the destruction
of human life and civility. And our love of freedom and liberty will not
allow us to turn our civilization into a police state.
must instead turn our intelligence, our strength of leadership, the
greatness of our ideas, the ingeniousness of our technology, our
freedom-loving faith in humanity and our singular ability to set an example
for the entire world towards a new course of history. This starts here, this
longer can we lead by destruction and vengeance. Destruction that will one
day bring us a sense of strength and superiority but will as surely bring us
further revenge and destruction in the future. The endless and futile cycle
of tit-for-tat stops here.
do not coddle zealots. We must no longer find ourselves in a position to
destroy those who we have, for so many years, propped up when it served our
financial, economical and political interests. Madmen that we – America
– have brought to power like Saddam Hussein, Usama bin Laden and Manuel
Noriega. Now we must change the way that we think, and do business. The way
that we run our foreign policy and the basis for our decisions. We must now
set an example by basing our foreign policy on humanity and what is right,
rather than economic gain and political expedience.
Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa after decades of apartheid,
injustice, intolerance, murder, torture and the rape of his people, he could
very easily have taken retribution out on those who perpetrated those
unspeakable crimes for years without end…Instead, a National call for
Reconciliation was begun. Conferences held, criminals exposed, victims heard
from and a new more hopeful day was born.
was not done to give horrendous criminals a get-out-of-jail free pass.
Certainly Mandela, as much a victim of the haters as anybody in his country,
would have been justified in the eyes of the world to destroy all of those
that were a party to those many long years of atrocities….But he looked
ahead. He looked to the future. He was able to see that vengeance brings
more vengeance in an unending cycle of anger and destruction. We must look
forward to that same future.
no mistake, I am firmly Pro-Israel. But I am also Pro-Humanity. And if
Humanity cannot survive, neither can Israel. And we have seen the way in
which Israel has been militarily strong throughout the years in it’s own
defense. We have also seen, that after 60 years, they still fight the same
battles each day, and live in fear each day as the enemy lies in wait,
possible around every corner. America cannot, should not, and will not live
do not excuse those who have perpetrated this atrocity on America and the
entire world. But until we pause, every American, to try and come to an
understanding of the sort of thinking that would compel 19 human beings to
hijack four airplanes, murder the occupants, and go down with it in order to
destroy thousands of innocent human lives, we are destined to see it
repeated over and over again.
rhetoric and cycles of hate must stop. And it begins with us.
can and will change now.
criminals will be brought to justice. And as we do so, it will be our
highest priority that not one drop of innocent human blood gets spilled. Not
one. We will be as diligent in our quest for justice as the criminals were
reckless in their quest for blood. “Collateral Damage” is no longer an
acceptable turn of phrase used to justify the cost of bringing vengeance.
For as surely as we do it will once again bring more hatred and retribution
towards us: The leaders of the world. We must instead, set an example for
will further begin a dialogue across the globe in an attempt – not to
excuse the behavior of those who despise us – but to understand it. To
understand what these actions are that have caused so many millions in the
world to target their hatred upon us. We will listen to them. We will not
acquiesce to their demands and fanaticism. Yet we cannot rid the world of
such hostility, until such time as we can come to understand it.
say all of this tonight, with a heavy heart. And an understanding that the
words I speak may be harshly judged by even those who have been supportive
of me throughout the years. These are very difficult words to speak and
difficult decisions to make and a difficult time to make them. But in these
difficult times, one small courageous act may just light a thousand hearts
to move in a new direction -- for the good of the United States -- and for
the good of all Humanity for a thousand years to come.
night. And God Bless America.