Bush, Blair condemn `barbaric attacks'

The Leaders

Bombings In London

July 08, 2005

"We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families.

"All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation but on all nations and on civilized people everywhere.

"We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values, nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interests of a better world.

"Here at this summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty, and save and improve human life. The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life.

"The terrorists will not succeed. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us.

"We shall prevail, and they shall not."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, formal statement from the G-8 summit

"This has been a most terrible and tragic atrocity that has cost many innocent lives. I have just attended a meeting of the government's Emergency Committee, received a full report from the ministers and the officials responsible. There will be announcements made in respect of the various services - in particular we hope the Underground, insofar as is possible, and rail and bus services are up and running as swiftly as possible.

"I would like again to express my profound condolences to the families of the victims, and to those who are casualties of this terrorist act. I would also like to thank the emergency services that have been magnificent today in every respect. There will of course now be the most intense police and security service action to make sure that we bring those responsible to justice. I would also pay tribute to the stoicism and resilience of the people of London, who have responded in a way typical of them.

"In addition I welcome the statement that has been put out by the Muslim Council of Great Britain. We know that these people act in the name of Islam, but we also know that the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims, here and abroad, are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this act of terrorism every bit as much as we do.

"It is through terrorism that the people that have committed this terrible act express their values, and it is right at this moment that we demonstrate ours. I think we all know what they are trying to do - they are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cower us, to frighten us out of doing the things that we want to do, of trying to stop us going about our business as normal, as we are entitled to do, and they should not, and they must not, succeed.

"When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm. We will show, by our spirit and dignity, and by our quiet but true strength that there is in the British people, that our values will long outlast theirs. The purpose of terrorism is just that, it is to terrorize people, and we will not be terrorized.

"I would like once again to express my sympathy and my sorrow to those families who will be grieving, so unexpectedly and tragically, tonight. This is a very sad day for the British people, but we will hold true to the British way of life."

Tony Blair, later remarks from his Downing Street office

"I spent some time recently with the prime minister, Tony Blair - had the opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of London, people who lost lives.

"I appreciate Prime Minister Blair's steadfast determination and restraint.

"He's on his way now to London here from the G-8 to speak directly to the people of London, to carry a message of solidarity with him.

"This morning I've been in contact with our Homeland Security folks, and I instructed them to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here and in London and to be extra vigilant as our folks start heading to work.

"The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London, what's taken place here is incredibly vivid to me.

"On the one hand, we've got people here who are working to alleviate poverty and to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS and that are working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people."

President Bush, at the G-8 summit

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