The full horror of what has happened in the United States earlier today is now becoming clearer. It is hard even to contemplate the utter carnage and terror which has engulfed so many innocent people. We've offered President Bush and the American people our solidarity, our profound sympathy, and our prayers. But it is plain that citizens of many countries round the world, including Britain, will have been caught up in this terror. —British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Interview, September 11, 2001.
It is with enormous distress that France has just learned of the monstrous attacks—there is no other word for it—that have just struck the United States of America. In these horrifying circumstances, the entire people of France, and I want to emphasize this, stand by the people of America. They express their friendship and solidarity in this tragedy. Naturally, I want to assure President Bush of my total support. France, as you know, has always condemned and unreservedly condemns terrorism, and considers that terrorism must be combated by all possible means. —French President Jacques Chirac, September 11, 2001.
It was with horror that I learned of the abominable terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington in which so many innocent people have lost their lives. My government staunchly condemns these acts of terrorism. The German people are at the side of the United States of America in this difficult hour. I wish to express my deep-felt condolences and complete solidarity to you and the American people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. —German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, September 11, 2001.
I was stricken by news and television pictures coming from the United States this morning. It is impossible to fully comprehend the evil that would have conjured up such a cowardly and depraved assault upon thousands of innocent people. There can be no cause or grievance that could ever justify such unspeakable violence. Indeed, such an attack is an assault not only on the targets but an offense against the freedom and rights of all civilized nations. —Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, September 11, 2001.
This morning we were notified about the horrible news of the series of terrorist attacks in the United States, that have left a great trail of destruction. Mexico expresses its condolences to the Government and the American people for the irreparable human losses. We also express our energetic condemnation to these attacks. I have informed President George Bush of our feelings of sorrow and our solidarity in such difficult moments. —Mexican President Vicente Fox, September 11, 2001.
The incidents in the United States are extremely vicious and unforgivable acts of violence. Such acts of terrorism are totally unacceptable. I am outraged. On behalf of the people of Japan, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the President of the United States of America and to the American people. —Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, September 11, 2001.
Shocked to learn of the serious attacks against certain areas in New York City and Washington D.C. on September 11, which caused horrendous casualty, I wish to express, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, our deepest sympathy and solicitude to you and, through you, to the Government and people of the United States. I wish also to extend our condolences to the families of the victims. The Chinese Government has consistently condemned and rejected all forms of terrorist violence. —Chinese President Jiang Zemin, September 11, 2001.
The United States today faced an unprecedented act of aggression on the part of international terrorism. First of all, I express sincere and profound condolences to all the victims and the families of the dead. The event that occurred in the US today goes beyond national borders. It is a brazen challenge to the whole humanity, at least to civilized humanity. And what happened today is added proof of the relevance of the Russian proposal to pool the efforts of the international community in the struggle against terrorism, that plague of the 21st century. Russia knows at first hand what terrorism is. So, we understand as well as anyone the feelings of the American people. Addressing the people of the United States on behalf of Russia I would like to say that we are with you, we entirely and fully share and experience your pain. We support you. —Russian President Valdimir Putin, September 12, 2001.
We are creating a coalition to go after terrorism. We are asking the United Nations and every other organization you can think of—United Nations, NATO, the European Union, the Organization of Islamic Countries, the OAS, everybody—to join us once and for all in a great coalition to conduct a campaign against terrorists who are conducting war against civilized people. —Colin Powell, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, September 13, 2001
War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing. —George W. Bush, Speech at National Cathedral, September 14, 2001
Victory against terrorism will not take place in a single battle, but in a series of decisive actions against terrorist organizations and those who harbor and support them. —George W. Bush, Radio address to the nation, September 15, 2001
We strongly support the operation President Bush ordered our military forces to carry out today. The administration has properly made it clear that today's action and any future action are directed against those who perpetrated the heinous attacks on the United States on September 11, not against Islam or the people of Afghanistan. We stand united with the president and with our troops, and will continue to work together to do what is necessary to bring justice to these terrorists and those who harbor them. —Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress, October 7, 2001.
The fight against terrorism is a fight that is complex, difficult and that has to be played on several fronts. It is not just a military fight ... for this action facing us, the French are united ... We are all united. — French President Jacques Chirac, October 7, 2001.
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. Britain has learned that lesson many times before in our history. We only do it if the cause is just. — British Prime Minister Tony Blair, October 7, 2001.
We see in the United States the leader of this campaign, and we shall not do anything that may frustrate or endanger the campaign itself ... We feel part and parcel of this campaign, and, if it should be asked, everything will be considered, seriously and positively. — Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, October 7, 2001.