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 Addresses and Remarks

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Week Ending Friday, April 5, 2002
The President's Radio Address

March 30, 2002

    Good morning. Almost 7 months have passed since the attack on our 
country, and the shock and sadness of that day are still with us. For 
many, the grief and sense of loss will never fully pass, and they are in 
our thoughts, especially in this holy season.
    The entire world is reminded again this week of the hope that lives 
and endures forever. For Jews and Christians, this is a time of joy and 
renewal. Passover celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from 
oppression, by the hand of a faithful God. And tomorrow, Easter Sunday, 
many Christians will celebrate a hope that overcomes even death.
    These holy days represent some of the most profound hopes of 
humanity, which are shared in many traditions. We feel our reliance on 
the Creator who made us. We place our sorrows and cares before Him, 
seeking God's mercy. We ask forgiveness for our failures, seeking the 
renewal He can bring.
    Americans practice different faiths in churches, synagogues, 
mosques, and temples. And many good people practice no faith at all. For 
those who observe Easter and Passover, faith brings confidence that 
failure is never final, and suffering is temporary, and the pains of the 
Earth will be overcome. We can be confident, too, that evil may be 
present and it may be strong, but it will not prevail.
    On September the 11th, a terrible evil was done to our country. 
America and the civilized world are now joined together in a great 
struggle against enemies who have no regard for innocent life. Grave 
challenges and dangers face us in this war. We cannot predict every turn 
ahead of us, yet in this season, we are assured that history is of moral 
design. Justice and cruelty have always been at war, and God is not 
neutral between them. His purposes are often defied but never defeated.
    I hope that this holy season will bring renewal of faith to those 
who seek it and comfort to those who need it. And to all who observe 
these special days, I wish you a joyful Easter and a blessed Passover.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9:37 a.m. on March 26 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 30. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
March 29 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office 
of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of 
this address.

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Remarks on the Situation in the Middle East and an Exchange With 
Reporters in Crawford, Texas

March 30, 2002

    The President. This morning I made a series of phone calls to world 
leaders to express my concern, listen to their concerns about the 
escalating violence in the Middle East.
    We are at this point because there has not been enough done to fight 
off terror. All the leaders in the world must stand up against terror, 
must do everything in their power to cut off the funding to terrorist 
organizations, to prevent terrorist organizations from finding safe 
haven. And that especially applies to Chairman Arafat. I believe he can 
do a lot more to prevent attacks such as the one that just occurred in 
Tel Aviv.
    I am deeply concerned about the loss of innocent lives. It breaks my 
heart when children and innocent women and innocent men lose their life. 
I fully understand Israel's need to defend herself. I respect that. It's 
a country that has seen a wave of suicide bombers come into the hearts 
of their cities and kill

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innocent people. That country has a right to defend herself.
    And as she does so, I urge that their Government, the Israeli 
Government, make sure that there is a path to peace as she secures her 
homeland. But they've got to keep in mind the need that there's got to 
be a peaceful solution at some point. I've been assured by the Israeli 
Government that--about the well-being of Chairman Arafat and that he 
won't be harmed.
    I have heard him say that, well, in that he's confined, he can't do 
anything to secure--to help secure the region. I know he's got a lot of 
forces; he's got a lot of people that listen to him still; and he has 
got to speak out clearly. He's got to make it absolutely clear that the 
Palestinian Authority does not support these terrorist activities and 
use his security forces to prevent them from happening.
    I've asked that General Zinni stay in the region. I think it's very 
important for our country to provide an opportunity for discussions, an 
opportunity for people to come together, and so Zinni will stay there. 
He will stay there to continue to push for a process that will 
ultimately get us into Mitchell, and Mitchell is the best hope for 
peace. It has been agreed to by the parties. It is an opportunity for 
those who love peace to have a framework for peace.
    Last night the administration supported a U.N. Security Council 
resolution that urges there to be a cease-fire, to start a process that 
will end this cycle of violence. Here we are on one of holiest of 
holidays, and we're worried about people needlessly losing their lives. 
And our prayers and thoughts go to the families of the victims, and I 
pray for peace. And I urge all parties to recognize that there are 
terrorists in this world who can't stand the thought of peace, and all 
of us--all of us--must work together to condemn, find, and stop 
terrorist activities.
    I'll be glad to answer a few questions.

Preventing Terrorism

    Q. Mr. President, with this latest terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv 
cafe tonight with many apparent casualties, does Chairman Arafat in your 
opinion really have any control over these suicide bombers?
    The President. I think Chairman Arafat can do a lot more. I truly 
believe that. I believe he needs to stand up and condemn, in Arabic, 
these attacks. He's got a security force, admittedly somewhat on the 
defensive right now. But nevertheless, there is a security force; there 
is a security apparatus. We've been dealing with the leaders of the 
security apparatus. And they have got to do a much better job of 
preventing people from coming into Israel to blow up innocent people.
    The leaders in the region must do the same thing. Again, I was 
pleased that Crown Prince Abdullah spoke out so forcefully for what he 
called normalization. We support that. But there is no normalcy when day 
after day killers destroy innocent lives. All the leaders must join with 
governments such as ours to strongly condemn and stop terrorist 
    I spoke to Jose Maria Aznar today. He's the head of the EU now, and 
he told me, he said, you know, the world must fight off these 
terrorists. And the region can do more, in my judgment. The Iranians 
must step up and stop sponsoring terrorism. The Syrians must 
participate. If people want peace in the region, there has got to be a 
united effort against terror, and I do believe Mr. Arafat can do more.

Diplomatic Efforts in the Middle East

    Q. Mr. President, you made a lot of phone calls today, but not to 
Sharon, not to Arafat. Why not, and what is the next U.S. step?
    The President. Well, first of all, my administration has made a lot 
of phone calls into the region on a daily basis. Secretary of State 
Powell will be speaking to Prime Minister Sharon again.
    Q. Today?
    The President. Yes, today; soon, as I understand it, unless this 
current--this recent bombing has put the Prime Minister into a Cabinet 
meeting and therefore won't be able to take a phone call. But he was 
supposed to have made a call, like, right now.
    Nevertheless, we're in constant touch with these governments, and 
the next step is to continue our call and our efforts and our push to 
fight off terror. It appears to me these aren't just isolated incidents. 
I mean, there's a pattern, a routine, and a constancy.

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And so we will continue to lead, to talk and urge world leaders, 
particularly those in the region, to do everything they can to shut off 
the capacity of people to come and bomb.
    Q. Why wasn't Arafat called by Powell today?

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