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Bush Calls on UN Members to Join Anti-Terrorism Fight - 2001-11-11


President Bush has called on United Nations members to join the fight against terrorism. Mr. Bush says the actions of terrorists are in no way justified by religion, but are carried out in opposition to it.

President Bush told world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly that all nations must play a part in the war against terror. And he said again the fight is not being raised against Islam and he drew a distinction between Muslims and terrorists.

"The terrorists call their cause holy, yet they fund it with drug dealing. They encourage murder and suicide in the name of a great faith that forbids both," President Bush said. "They dare to ask God's blessing as they set out to kill innocent men, women and children. But the God of Isaac, and Ishmael would never answer such a prayer. And the murderer is not a martyr. He is just a murderer."

President Bush praised the United Nations for what he called "a strong and principled stand" in the days following the September 11 attacks on the United States.

He said the campaign against terrorists would continue, "however long it takes." Mr. Bush also said every U.N. member has a stake in maintaining what he called the dignity of life over the culture of death.

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