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Bush address reassuring

President Bush’s address to the joint session of Congress Thursday reassures us that our nation and its leaders are primed to take a strong stance against terrorism worldwide.

Sunday, September 23, 2001

President Bush’s address to the joint session of Congress Thursday reassures us that our nation and its leaders are primed to take a strong stance against terrorism worldwide.

The president’s message was delivered eloquently. He was sympathetic, yet stern.

He expressed his horror that American citizens were the targets of "surprise attacks." He told the world that "freedom itself is under attack." He reiterated that America is not at war with Muslims or Arabs, but those whose radical religious beliefs skew the teachings of Islam.

"(Islam’s) teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah," he said.

At the same time, he gave Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers an ultimatum – turn over Osama bin Laden and anyone associated with the Al-Qaida terrorist group immediately or "they will share in their fate." He added the United States’ demands "are not open to negotiation or discussion."

President Bush’s speech demonstrated his growth as our country’s leader. In due time, though, he will have to deliver more than a speech.