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President Bush Calls for Togetherness - 2001-09-13


In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks, some Americans are taking their anger out on Muslims in the United States. President Bush says all Americans must come together in the fight against terrorism - regardless of religion.

President Bush says there is a quiet anger in America after Tuesday's attacks, but he says that anger must not be turned against Arab-Americans.

In a telephone call to the governor of New York and mayor of New York city, President Bush said America must stand united as one nation in the fight against terrorism. "There are thousands of Arab-Americans who live in New York city who love their flag just as much as the three of us do, and we must be mindful that as we seek to win the war that we treat Arab-Americans and Muslims with the respect they deserve," said president Bush. "I know that is your attitude as well. Certainly the attitude of this government, that we should not hold one who is a Muslim responsible for an act of terror."

Gunmen shot the windows of a mosque in Texas on Wednesday. People threw rocks through the window of an Arab-owned store in Washington. Arab-American leaders are asking for calm, saying many Muslims were among those killed when hijacked jetliners smashed into the World Trade Center in New York.