Bush reprimands Iran, Syria; gives 9/11 reminder

President Bush spoke today about the Israeli-Hezbollah war. He started out by reprimanding Iran and Syria for supporting Hezbollah and terrorism:


"Iran must end its financial support and supply of weapons to terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Syria must end its support for terror and respect the sovereignty of Lebanon."
He then quickly proceeded to equating the current conflict with the larger War on Terror and gave his boilerplate rhetoric about spreading "peace and democracy" in the Middle East. Oh, and of course, evoking 9/11:
"The current crisis is part of a larger struggle between the forces of freedom and the forces of terror… the status quo in the Middle East permitted tyranny and terror to thrive. And as we saw on September 11, the status quo in the Middle East led to death and destruction in the United States…
This task is long. It is difficult work. But it is necessary work.
When democracy spreads in the Middle East the people of that troubled region will have a better future. The terrorists will lose their safe havens and the recruits. And the United States of America will be more secure, the hard work of helping people realize the benefits of liberty is laying the foundation of peace."
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