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    Just 2 weeks ago, NATO countries showed their esteem for your 
military by electing General Ray Henault as Chairman of NATO's Military 
Committee. This admiration for your armed forces goes way back and for 
good reason. It was said during World War I, ``The Canadians never 
budge.'' America respects the skill and honor and the sacrifice of 
Canadians' armed--Canada's armed forces.
    Our nations play independent roles in the world, yet our purposes 
are complementary. We have important work ahead. A new term in office is 
an important opportunity to reach out to our friends. I hope to foster a 
wide international consensus among three great goals. The first great 
commitment is to defend our security and spread freedom by building 
effective multinational and multilateral institutions and supporting 
effective multilateral action.
    The tasks of the 21st century, from fighting proliferation to 
fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS to fighting poverty and hunger, cannot 
be accomplished by a single nation alone. The United States and Canada 
participate together in more multilateral institutions than perhaps any 
two nations on Earth, from NATO in Europe to the OAS in the Western 
Hemisphere to APEC in the Pacific. Canada and the United States are 
working with a coalition of nations through the Proliferation Security 
Initiative to stop and seize shipments of weapons of mass destruction 
materials and delivery systems on land and at sea and in the air.
    America always prefers to act with allies at our side, and we're 
grateful to Canada for working closely with us to confront the 
challenges of Iran and North Korea. Multilateral organizations can do 
great good in the world.
    Yet, the success of multilateralism is measured not merely by 
following a process but by achieving results. The objective of the U.N. 
and other institutions must be collective security, not endless debate. 
For the sake of peace, when those bodies promise serious consequences, 
serious consequences must follow. America and Canada helped create the 
United Nations, and because we remain committed to that institution, we 
want it to be more than a League of Nations.
    My country is determined to work as far as possible within the 
framework of international organizations, and we're hoping that other 
nations will work with us to make those institutions more relevant and 
more effective in meeting the unique threats of our time.
    Our second commitment is to fight global terrorism with every action 
and resource the task requires. Canada has taken a series of critical 
steps to guard against the danger of terrorism. You created the 
Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. You've toughened 
your antiterror laws. You're upgrading your intelligence. I want to 
thank the Government for all those constructive and important decisions.
    Our two countries are working together every day--every day--to keep 
our people safe. That is the most solemn duty I have and the most solemn 
duty the Prime Minister has. From the Smart Border accord to the 
Container Security Initiative to the joint command of NORAD, we are 
working together. I hope we'll also move forward on ballistic missile 
defense cooperation to protect the next generation of Canadians and 
Americans from the threats we know will arise.
    The energetic defense of our nations is an important duty. Yet, 
defense alone is not a sufficient strategy. On September the 11th, the 
people of North America learned that

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two vast oceans and friendly neighbors cannot fully shield us from the 
dangers of the 21st century. There's only one way to deal with enemies 
who plot in secret and set out to murder the innocent and the 
unsuspecting: We must take the fight to them. We must be relentless and 
we must be steadfast in our duty to protect our people.
    Both of the countries have learned this lesson. In the early days of 
World War II, when the United States was still wrestling with 
isolationism, Canadian forces were already engaging the enemies of 
freedom from the Atlantic--across the Atlantic. At the time, some 
Canadians argued that Canada had not been attacked and had no interest 
in fighting a distant war. Your Prime Minister, McKenzie King, gave this 
answer: ``We cannot defend our country and save our homes and families 
by waiting for the enemy to attack us. To remain on the defensive is the 
surest way to bring the war to Canada. Of course, we should protect our 
coasts and strengthen our ports and cities against attack,'' but the 
Prime Minister went on to say, ``we must also go out and meet the enemy 
before he reaches our shores. We must defeat him before he attacks us, 
before our cities are laid to waste.'' McKenzie King was correct then, 
and we must always remember the wisdom of his words today.
    In the new era, the threat is different, but our duties are the 
same. Our enemies have declared their intentions, and so have we. 
Peaceful nations must keep the peace by going after the terrorists and 
disrupting their plans and cutting off their funding. We must hold the 
sponsors of terror equally responsible for terrorist acts. We must 
prevent outlaw regimes from gaining weapons of mass destruction and 
providing them to terrorists. We must stay at these efforts with 
patience and resolve until we prevail.
    Our third great commitment is to enhance our own security by 
promoting freedom and hope and democracy in the broader Middle East. The 
United States and Canada and all free nations need to look ahead. If, 20 
years from now, the Middle East is dominated by dictators and mullahs 
who build weapons of mass destruction and harbor terrorists, our 
children and our grandchildren will live in a nightmare world of danger. 
That must not happen.
    By taking the side of reformers and democrats in the Middle East, we 
will gain allies in the war on terror and isolate the ideology of murder 
and help to defeat the despair and hopelessness that feeds terror. The 
world will become a much safer place as democracy advances.
    For decades of tyranny and neglect in the broader Middle East, 
progress toward freedom will not come easily. I know that. Yet, it is 
cultural condescension to claim that some peoples or some cultures or 
some religions are destined to despotism and unsuited for self-
    Today in the Middle East, the doubters and pessimists are being 
proven wrong. We're seeing movement toward elections and greater rights 
for women and open discussion of peaceful reform. I believe that people 
across the Middle East are weary of poverty and oppression and plead in 
silence for their liberty. I believe this is an historic moment in the 
broader Middle East, and we must seize this moment by standing with 
everyone who stands for liberty.
    We're standing with the people of Afghanistan, a nation that has 
gone from a safe haven for terrorists to a steadfast ally in the war on 
terror in 3\1/2\ short years. Canada deployed more than 7,000 troops and 
much of your navy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This year, 
your country has led the International Security Assistance Force in 
Kabul. The coalition we share is doing honorable work, yet democracy is 
taking hold in that country because the Afghan people, like people 
everywhere, want to live in freedom. They registered by the millions to 
vote in October. They stood in long lines on election day. An Afghan 
widow brought all four of her daughters to vote alongside her. She said, 
``When you see women here lined up to vote, this is something profound. 
I never dreamed this day would come.'' But that woman's dream finally 
arrived, as it will one day across the Middle East. These are 
unprecedented, historic events that many said would never come, and 
Canadians can be proud of the part you have played in the advance of 
human liberty.

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    We must also stand with the brave people of Iraq, who are preparing 
for elections on January the 30th. Sometimes, even the closest of 
friends disagree. And 2 years ago, we disagreed about the best course of 
action in Iraq. Yet, as your Prime Minister made clear in Washington 
earlier this year, there is no disagreement at all with what has to be 
done in going forward. We must help the Iraqi people secure their 
country and build a free and democratic society. The Canadian Government 
has pledged more than $200 million in humanitarian aid and 
reconstruction assistance and agreed to relieve more than $450 million 
in Iraqi debt. That help is greatly appreciated.
    There's more work to be done together. Both Canada and the United 
States and all free nations have a vital interest in the success of a 
free Iraq. The terrorists have made Iraq the central front in the war on 
terror because they know what is at stake. When a free and democratic 
society is established in Iraq, in the heart of the Middle East, it will 
be a decisive blow to their aspirations to dominate the region and its 
people. A free Iraq will be a standing rebuke to radicalism and a model 
to reformers from Damascus to Tehran.
    In Fallujah and elsewhere, our coalition and Iraqi forces are on the 
offensive, and we are delivering a message: Freedom, not oppression, is 
the future of Iraq. Freedom is a precious right for every individual, 
regardless of the color of their skin or the religion they may hold. A 
long night of terror and tyranny in that region is ending, and a new day 
of freedom and hope and self-government is on the way.
    And we will stand with the Palestinian and Israeli peoples and help 
end the destructive conflict between them. Prime Minister Martin has 
expressed the desire of his Government to take a broader role in the 
quest for peace and democracy, and America welcomes your involvement. 
It's a time of change and a time of hope in that region.
    We seek justice and dignity and a viable independent and democratic 
state for the Palestinian people. We seek security and peace for the 
state of Israel, a state that Canada, like America, first recognized in 
1948. These are worthy goals in themselves, and by reaching them, we 
will also remove an excuse for hatred and violence in the broader Middle 
    Achieving peace in the Holy Land is not just a matter of pressuring 
one side or the other on the shape of a border or the site of a 
settlement. This approach has been tried before, without success. As we 
negotiate the details of peace, we must look to the heart of the matter, 
which is the need for a Palestinian democracy. The Palestinian people 
deserve a peaceful government that truly serves their interests, and the 
Israeli people need a true partner in peace.
    Our destination is clear, two states, Israel and Palestine, living 
side by side in peace and security. And that destination can be reached 
by only one path, the path of democracy and reform and the rule of law. 
If all parties will apply effort, if all nations who are concerned about 
this issue will apply good will, this conflict can end and peace can be 
achieved. And the time for that effort and the time for that good will 
is now.
    The United States and Canada face common threats in our world, and 
we share common goals that can transform our world. We're bound by 
history and geography and trade and by our deepest convictions. With so 
much in common and so much at stake, we cannot be divided. I realize and 
many Americans realize that it's not always easy to sleep next to the 
elephant. [Laughter] Sometimes, our laws and our actions affect Canada 
every bit as much as they affect us, and we need to remember that. And 
when frustrations are vented, we must not take it personally. As a 
member of Canada's Parliament said in the 1960s, ``The United States is 
our friend, whether we like it or not.'' [Laughter] When all is said and 
done, we are friends, and we like it.
    Three years ago, when the American planes were diverted away from 
home, passengers knew they were safe and welcome the moment they saw the 
Maple Leaf flag. One of them later said of the Canadians he met, ``They 
taught me the meaning of the word `friend.' '' For generations, the 
nation of Canada has defined the word ``friend,'' and my country is 

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    God has blessed America in many ways. God has blessed us because we 
have neighbors like you. And today I ask that God continues to bless the 
people of Canada.
    Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at noon at Pier 21. In his remarks, he 
referred to Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada and his wife, Sheila; 
Premier John Frederick Hamm of Nova Scotia, Canada; Premier Bernard Lord 
of New Brunswick, Canada; Premier George Binns of Prince Edward Island, 
Canada; and Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland, Canada.

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004
Proclamation 7850--World AIDS Day, 2004

 December 1, 2004

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    HIV/AIDS is the greatest health crisis of our time. Its defeat 
requires the cooperation of the entire global community. On World AIDS 
Day, people around the world unite to demonstrate our commitment to 
fighting HIV/AIDS and to offer prayers and support for those living with 
HIV/AIDS and for their families and caregivers.
    America and many nations have great opportunities to improve health, 
expand prosperity, and extend freedom in our time. My Administration has 
made turning the tide against HIV/AIDS a priority. In my 2003 State of 
the Union Address, I was proud to announce the Emergency Plan for AIDS 
Relief. This plan commits $15 billion over 5 years to fight the HIV/AIDS 
pandemic in over 100 countries throughout the world, focusing on 15 of 
the hardest-hit countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. These 
funds are already at work and will help prevent 7 million new 
infections, treat 2 million infected individuals, and care for 10 
million individuals, including orphans and vulnerable children infected 
or affected by this disease.
    This year, we also recognize the challenges HIV/AIDS poses to women. 
Through the Emergency Plan, the United States supports drug therapy and 
counseling to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. In 
addition, we are working to prevent girls from becoming infected through 
sexual coercion or exploitation and to increase support and services to 
help reduce the burden on women who are called upon to care for a sick 
loved one.
    In order to defeat this pandemic, we also must discover new 
treatments and cures. America joined with other countries at the G-8 
Summit in June to announce the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, a major 
commitment from the world's leading scientists to find ways to combat 
this devastating disease. My Administration also supports efforts to 
encourage testing because in the United States alone, one-quarter of 
those infected with HIV each year do not know that they are infected. 
And, because abstinence is the only sure way to avoid sexually 
transmitted diseases, my Administration has more than tripled funding 
for abstinence-only programs since taking office.
    Our country and other nations around the world are working to bring 
new hope to those suffering with HIV/AIDS and contribute to a healthier 
future for people around the world.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2004, as World 
AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of 
Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the 
jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in 
remembering those who have lost their lives to this disease and to 
comfort and support those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of 
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                                George W. Bush

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., December 3, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
December 6.

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004
Remarks Prior to Discussions With President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria 
and an Exchange With Reporters

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