"It is now almost a month since the atrocity occurred," Blair said. "It is more than two weeks since an ultimatum was delivered to the Taliban to yield up the terrorists or face the consequences. It is clear beyond doubt that they will not do this. They were given the choice of siding with justice or siding with terror and they chose to side with terror." Read the Prime Minister's full statement.
Food, Medicine Dropped for Afghan "Friends"
While striking military targets,. the U.S. also began dropping food, medicine, and supplies to the "starving and suffering men and women and children" of Afghanistan, Bush said. "The United States of America is a friend to the Afghan people, and we are the friends of almost a billion worldwide who practice the Islamic faith. The United States of America is an enemy of those who aid terrorists and of the barbaric criminals who profane a great religion by committing murder in its name."
Both Bush and Blair stressed that the military action was only part of an overall strategy that included diplomacy, the freezing of financial assets, and humanitarian assistance.
"Today we focus on Afghanistan, but the battle is broader," Bush said. "Every nation has a choice to make. In this conflict, there is no neutral ground. If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents, they have become outlaws and murderers, themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril."
"This, of course, is a moment of the utmost gravity for the world," Blair said. "None of the leaders involved in this action want war. None of our nations want it. We are a peaceful people. But we know that sometimes to safeguard peace we have to fight."
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