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9•11五周年将至 布什为战争辩护
[ 2006-09-06 11:03 ]

“9·11后,美国比以前更为安全,但并非绝对安全。”——这是美国白宫本周二发布的一份最新反恐报告的结束语。随着大选的临近,保护国土安全再次成为布什言行举止的重中之重,而且,作为9·11五周年纪念系列演讲的一部分,布什在为反恐战略进行辩护的同时,还援引了大量此前未公开的拉登语录和基地组织小册子。不过,反对党很快对白宫的这一举动表示了质疑,认为布什是在利用政府的公共关系政策拉拢人心,解决不了实际问题。

 

 

President Bush makes remarks on the global war on terror to the Military Officers Association of America in Washington September 5, 2006. [Reuters]

Quoting repeatedly from Osama bin Laden, President Bush said Tuesday that pulling US troops out of Iraq would fulfill the terrorist leader's wishes and propel him into a more powerful global threat in the mold of Adolf Hitler

With two months until an Election Day that hinges largely on national security, Bush laid out bin Laden's vision in detail, including new revelations from previously unreported documents. Voters were never more united behind the president than in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, and his speech was designed to convince Americans that the threat has not faded five years later.

To make the administration's strategy more clear, the White House on Tuesday published a 23-page booklet called "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism," which Bush described as an unclassified version of the strategy he's been pursuing since Sept. 11, 2001. The booklet's conclusion: "Since the Sept. 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe."

Democrats dismissed Bush's actions as a public relations strategy that avoided real solutions.

Bush's speech was the second in a series linked to next week's anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. It was delivered to the Military Officers Association of America in a hotel ballroom filled with U.S. troops, including several injured in the war, and with diplomatic representatives of foreign countries that have suffered terrorist attacks.

Later, the White House said Bush was extending for one-year the national emergency he declared following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because the "terrorist threat continues" and measures adopted to deal with that emergency must remain in effect.

Bush planned a third speech Wednesday from the White House, laying out his plan to change the law so that detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can be tried for crimes before military commissions.

Bush argued Tuesday that history will look favorably on his currently unpopular war strategy.

To make his case, the White House cited previously unreleased documents including a copy of the al-Qaida charter found by coalition forces in Afghanistan that says hostilities will continue until everyone believes in Allah.

The White House also unveiled a letter from bin Laden to Taliban leader Mullah Omar in which he wrote about plans for a "media campaign to create a wedge between the American people and their government" so the people will pressure leaders to retreat in the fight.

Bush also quoted bin Laden saying.

"Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us."

"That is why we must not, and we will not, give the enemy victory in Iraq by deserting the Iraqi people," Bush said.

(Agencies)

Vocabulary:
 


in the mold of Adolf Hitler: 象当年的希特勒一样

hinge on: 依赖;把…作为重点

deliver: 发表(演讲)

national emergency: 国家紧急状态

detainee: 未判决的囚犯

national emergency: 国家紧急状态

wedge: 不和

desert: 遗弃

(英语点津陈蓓编辑)

 
 

 

 

 
 
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