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Bush Honors Victims of Terrorist Attacks in New York


It was two months ago today that terrorists smashed hijacked jetliners into New York's World Trade Center. President Bush visited the site, to honor the more than 3,000 people who died there.

Two months later, and the fires here are still burning. On a crisp, clear day in lower Manhattan, the air is still heavy with the smell of melted plastic as firefighters spray water down a smoking hole.

President Bush stood with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as an honor guard presented the flags of the 86 nations whose citizens were killed in the terrorist attack. The list of names of those countries were read aloud and Muslim, Jewish, and Christian prayers were offered.

President Bush walked to a signboard with a list of the nations which lost citizens in the tragedy and wrote, "Good will triumph over evil. May God bless us all. George Bush."

Construction workers and fire fighters raised an American flag on one of the cranes used to remove rubble. Mr. Bush moved through the crowd shaking hands and signing autographs, at the center of what has come to be known as "Ground Zero."

Part of the shell of World Trade Center Tower One still stands, twenty stories of girders leaning against a crumbled building blackened by fire. The sheer red and black tarps that are wrapped around the buildings still standing at the blast site, rippled in the breeze.

In a speech to war veterans Sunday, President Bush said Americans have seen the terrible harm an enemy can bring to U.S. soil. He said the al-Qaida terrorist group and Afghanistan's Taleban leadership made a serious mistake in sponsoring the attacks of September 11, and, he said, "they will pay a serious price."

The President spent much of his time in New York on diplomacy. He gave his first address to the U.N. General Assembly Saturday, where he warned that all nations have a stake in stopping terrorism because all nations are potential targets. Mr. Bush also met separately with the leaders of Uganda, Congo, Pakistan, South Africa, Columbia, and Argentina.

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