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Blair: Democracies Must Unite Against Terrorism - 2001-09-11

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the attacks in the United States by what he calls "fanatics" are shocking, and he says the world's democracies must unite to fight terrorism.

Mr. Blair says he is deeply moved by what he called "the terrible and shocking events" in the United States. He says the world's democracies must unite against terrorism. "This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today," he said. "It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life, and we, the democracies of this world, are going to have to come together to fight it together and eradicate this evil completely from our world."

Mr. Blair said he and the British public send their deepest condolences to President Bush and the American people.

The prime minister cut short a trip to address a trade union conference in Brighton in order to return to London and monitor events.