Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed
horror and sent condolences
to U.S. President George W. Bush. "There have been the most
shocking events taking place in the United States of America within the
couple of hours," Blair says. "We can only imagine the terror
there and the many, many innocent people who have lost their
was "perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the
human life, and we, the democracies of this world, are going to have to
come together to fight it and eradicate this evil completely from our
world." Queen Elizabeth II said she was watching developments in
disbelief and total shock."
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told
Americans "Our hearts are with
you and we are ready to provide any assistance at any time." Israel
declared Wednesday a day of mourning and set up a blood bank for the
injured. "This is a war between good and evil and between humanity
the bloodthirsty," said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He added that
attacks would be "a turning point in the war against international
Sharon: "Good &
President Jacques Chirac expressed outrage, and assured the
States of France's support and sympathy. "France is deeply upset to
learn of the
monstrous attacks that have just struck the United States,"
says Chirac. "In these terrible
circumstances, all French people stand by the
American people. We express our friendship and solidarity in this
President Vladimir Putin holds
a news conference and expresses
deep sympathy to the American people, calling the incidents a
act, this terrible tragedy." Russian President Putin added,
international community should unite in the struggle against terrorism .
this is a blatant challenge to humanity."
Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said "There can be no
doubt that these attacks
are deliberate acts of terrorism, carefully planned and coordinated and as
such I condemn them
utterly. Terrorism must be fought resolutely wherever it appears."
President Jiang Zemin sent a message to Bush, and expressed
condolences to the
family members of the victims of the attacks. He also expressed "grave
concern" for the safety
of Chinese in the United States.
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said:
"the German people stand by the United States
of America at this difficult hour." "I want to express to you
my deep condolences and my
unlimited solidarity to you and the American people. Our sympathy goes
to the victims and
their relatives." Schroeder said, "They were not only attacks
on the people in the United
States, our friends in America, but also against the entire civilized
world, against our own
freedom, against our own values, values which we share with the American
Calling Tuesday's attacks a threat to peace and freedom everywhere, he
said, "We will
not let these values be destroyed – in Europe, America or anywhere in
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
calls the attacks "a cowardly
act of unspeakable violence . . . It is impossible to fully comprehend
evil that would have conjured up such a cowardly and depraved assault."
Chrétien was one of the first world leaders to speak to President Bush.
Fearing additional attacks, all planes in the sky on the morning of
11, 2001 were ordered to land at the closest airports, and Canada became
an emergency landing site for hundreds of international and domestic
bound for the USA. For several hours the Canada-US border was closed.
President Vicente Fox
said: "Today the whole world and here in Mexico began the
day with this high-impact news, this criminal act of terrorism, which we
reject along with
all forms of violence. We want from here to express our solidarity and
our support to all the
victims of these acts of terrorism and their family members. We
reiterate our complete,
emphatic rejection of all forms of violence and all forms of
Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi,
said "this outrageous and vicious act of
violence against the United States is unforgivable."
President Hosni Mubarak called
the attacks in New York and Washington "horrific"
and added in a televised statement: "Egypt firmly and strongly
condemns such attacks
on civilians and soldiers that led to the deaths of a large number of
President Yasser Arafat said
"I send my condolences, and
the condolences of the Palestinian people to American President Bush and
his government and to the American people for this terrible act,"
reporters in Gaza. "We completely condemn this serious operation. .
. . We
were completely shocked . . . It's unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable,"
says a visibly upset Arafat. Sheik Ahmed Yassin, whose Islamic
militant Hamas group has carried out a series of suicide bombings in
Israel, said he
was not interested in exporting such attacks to the United States.
not ready to move our struggle outside the occupied Palestinian land. We
are not prepared to open international fronts, however much we criticize
the unfair American position," Yassin told reporters in Gaza City.
Colombia, the government of President Andres Pastrana,
with its own decades-old civil war, "condemn and reject the
villainous terrorist attacks committed today against the American
Pastrana was awaiting the first visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin
Powell, scheduled to arrived in Bogotá later that day for a two-day
That trip was cancelled as Powell left a meeting of the Organization of
American States he was attending in Lima for Washington.
Colin Powell leaves
Lima Peru for U.S.
a rare afternoon television address, Taiwanese President Chen
Shui-bian urged the
public to stay calm, saying the island must "stick together when
facing a possible change
in the international situation."
the attacks "tragic," adding that it "is opposed to all
terrorism." The U.S. State Department lists North Korea among seven
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad Mahathir
expressed sadness, but urged
the U.S. government not to seek revenge. "Retaliation will lead to
the deaths of many
people and will be followed by more counter-strikes," he was quoted
parliament, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the
Group of Eight –
the seven leading industrialized nations and Russia – "are
considering the possibility of
holding a summit which can undertake concrete steps."
a special meeting, European Union foreign ministers asked
"all Europeans to observe
three minutes of silence" on Friday, Sept. 14th at 6 a.m.
EDT. They declared Friday a
"day of mourning" in all 15 EU nations because the attacks
were "not only on the United
States, but against humanity itself and the values of freedom we all
share." The EU ministers
said in a statement "There will be no safe haven for terrorists and
their sponsors, the Union
will work closely with the United States and all partners to combat
Secretary-General Lord Robertson said "An attack on one is an
attack on all," after
the alliance's 19 ambassadors decided to invoke Article 5 of the NATO
charter for the first
time in the alliance's history. "At the moment this is an act of
solidarity," Robertson said,
adding that the declaration "in no way" binds the United
States "against taking action on its
own." In a later statement, the NATO allies said "in the event
of attacks ... each ally will
assist (the United States) by taking such action as it deems necessary.
United States' NATO allies stand ready to provide the assistance that
may be required as
a consequence of these acts of barbarism."
leader Moammar Gadhafi,
whom the United States has accused of backing
international terrorism, called the attacks "horrifying" and
urged Muslim aid groups to
offer help "regardless of political considerations or differences
between America and the
peoples of the world." Gadhafi said, "Irrespective of the
conflict with America it is a human
duty to show sympathy with the American people, and be with them at
and awesome events which are bound to awaken human conscience."
President Bashar Assad
sent a condolence message to the White House, calling
for "world cooperation to eradicate all kinds of terrorism."
President Mohammad Khatami,
a moderate who is struggling for power against
the country's hard-line Islamic leaders, expressed "deep regret and
sympathy with the
victims" and said "it is an international duty to try to
Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan,
one of three countries then recognizing
the Taliban's government (Sept. 11), condemned the attacks and called
for cooperation to
combat the "modern-day evil" of terrorism.
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September 13, 2001
Taliban'sAmbassador to Pakistan,
Mullah Abul Salam Zaeef, said
"It is premature to level allegations
against a person who is not in a
position to carry out such attacks,
it was a well-organized plan and
Osama has no such facilities."
September 14, 2001
on their Wanted List.
tells journalists in Pakistan
"where is the evidence"
against Osama bin Laden.
John Paul II called the attacks an "unspeakable horror"
thrust the U.S. into a "dark and tragic moment." The pontiff
says, "I hurry to
express to you and your fellow
citizens my profound sorrow and my
closeness in prayer for the nation." Addressing his weekly general
in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II told Americans that "those
believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say."
Text of the Speech by Pope John Paul II from the Vatican on September
I cannot begin this audience without expressing my profound sorrow
at the terrorist attacks which yesterday
brought death and destruction to America, causing thousands of victims
and injuring countless people. To the
President of the United States and to all American citizens I express my
heartfelt sorrow. In the face of such
unspeakable horror we cannot but be deeply disturbed. I add my voice to
all the voices raised in these hours
to express indignant condemnation, and I strongly reiterate that the
ways of violence will never lead to
genuine solutions to humanity's problems.
Yesterday was a dark day in the history of humanity, a terrible affront
to human dignity. After receiving the
news, I followed with intense concern the developing situation, with
heartfelt prayers to the Lord. How is it
possible to commit acts of such savage cruelty? The human heart has
depths from which schemes of
unheard-of ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment
the normal daily life of a people.
But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ's
word is the only one that can
give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit. Even if the
forces of darkness appear to prevail,
those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final
say. Christian hope is based on this
truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it.
With deeply felt sympathy I address myself to the beloved people of the
United States in this moment of
distress and consternation, when the courage of so many men and women of
good will is being sorely tested.
In a special way I reach out to the families of the dead and the
injured, and assure them of my spiritual
closeness. I entrust to the mercy of the Most High the helpless victims
of this tragedy, for whom I offered Mass
this morning, invoking upon them eternal rest. May God give courage to
the survivors; may he sustain the
rescue-workers and the many volunteers who are presently making an
enormous effort to cope with such
an immense emergency. I ask you, dear brothers and sisters, to join me
in prayer for them. Let us beg the
Lord that the spiral of hatred and violence will not prevail. May the
Blessed Virgin, Mother of Mercy, fill the
hearts of all with wise thoughts and peaceful intentions.
Today, my heartfelt sympathy is with the American people, subjected
yesterday to inhuman terrorist attacks
which have taken the lives of thousands of innocent human beings and
caused unspeakable sorrow in the
hearts of all men and women of good will. Yesterday was indeed a dark
day in our history, an appalling
offence against peace, a terrible assault against human dignity.
I invite you all to join me in commending the victims of this shocking
tragedy to Almighty God's eternal love.
Let us implore his comfort upon the injured, the families involved, all
who are doing their utmost to rescue
survivors and help those affected. I ask God to grant the American
people the strength and courage they
need at this time of sorrow and trial.
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