The President's Speech

Thursday, October 06, 2005
"The influence of Islamic radicalism is also magnified by helpers and enablers. They have been sheltered by authoritarian regimes, allies of convenience like Syria and Iran, that share the goal of hurting America and moderate Muslim governments, and use terrorist propaganda to blame their own failures on the West and America, and on the Jews. These radicals depend on front operations, such as corrupted charities, which direct money to terrorist activity. They're strengthened by those who aggressively fund the spread of radical, intolerant versions of Islam in unstable parts of the world. The militants are aided, as well, by elements of the Arab news media that incite hatred and anti-Semitism, that feed conspiracy theories and speak of a so-called American "war on Islam" -- with seldom a word about American action to protect Muslims in Afghanistan, and Bosnia, Somalia, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Iraq."

"Third, we're determined to deny radical groups the support and sanctuary of outlaw regimes. State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a long history of collaboration with terrorists, and they deserve no patience from the victims of terror. The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them, because they're equally as guilty of murder. (Applause.) Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization. And the civilized world must hold those regimes to account."



In other news today, Mullah General Life of Teheran announced the suspension of all dividend payments citing a need to "build reserves" while from Damascus came news that Baathist Life and Casualty, "acting on the advice of our actuaries", has begun a program of canceling 10% of its policies. A spokesman for Baathist said that the company had determined that the most equitable method for proceeding with the cancellation would be by doing so in alphabetical order.

Transcript of speech.

7 comments:

Knucklehead said...

Rick,

I didn't hear the speech. Was he on his game or suffering the wear and tear of making decisions and tradeoffs while spurting showers of blood from all the arrows in his back.

Rick Ballard said...

Knuck,

I didn't hear it either. I'll append a link to the post. It reads very well and pioneers never sweat the arrows.

JB said...

Good speech. Used the term "Islamofascism" for the first time, I believe.

I don't think Assad is feeling real comfy today, what with this and the upcoming UN report.

Syl said...

Wow. That life insurance info says more than even the speech!

terrye said...

yes it was a good speech.

and he did say islamo fascism.

that took guts.

Fran said...

I saw the speech. It was absolutely first class. Delivery was positive, confident and strong. The text itself is superb. I agree that the timing of shifting from "war on terror" to naming the enemy is about right, but, thank heavens, we are past what has been a politically correct hurdle. The intial response of the Democratic Senate and House leadership was pathetically partisan, almost, might I say, un-American.

Rick Ballard said...

Fran,

I haven't seen anything on the Dem response. Do you recall any specifics? Was it Reid and Pelosi?