Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Remarks at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, June 14, 2006

Some of Secretary Rice’s remarks went as follows...
... Finally, ladies and gentlemen, we must consider one further question which is this: If not for America, who would rally freedom-loving nations to defend liberty and democracy in our world? Nearly five years after the tragedy of September 11th, the United States is leading a great coalition of countries in a global war on terrorism. When possible, we are bringing terrorists to justice. And when necessary, we are bringing justice to the terrorists... This is the fate that our troops delivered last week to the terrorist Zarqawi and now he will never harm, he will never murder, he will never terrorize innocent people again... That is what America stands for...

Yet, we must do more than just capture or kill individual terrorists and we're doing that. We're striking at the very source of terror itself by summoning a vision of hope that outshines any ideology of hatred. The United States is supporting the democratic aspirations of all people, regardless of their culture or their race or their religion. We are leading the cause of freedom not because we believe that free peoples will always agree with us. They will not. That is their right and America will defend that right. We are doing this because we believe, and because we are seeing our belief confirmed, that all people deserve to and desire to live in freedom...
(Above taken from a press release by the U.S. Department of State)
(State Department photo by Josie Duckett)
Read her remarks in full, (with Photo, Audio and Video,)

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