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Friday, November 9, 2001
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"Let's roll" - Bush attempts to inspire America

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"Let's roll" - Bush attempts to inspire America

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

With a resounding call of "let's roll," United States President George W. Bush attempted to both calm and inspire a shaken America in a nationally televised prime-time speech Thursday night.

In a half hour speech from Atlanta, Bush told Americans they must not allow themselves be intimidated by terrorist threats.

"There is a difference between being alert and being intimidated and this nation will not be intimidated," Bush said.

In a speech designed to reassure the American populous, Bush asked that the United States continue to heal and continue to come together during these difficult times.

"None of us would ever wish the evil that has been done to our country, yet we have learned that out of evil can come great good. During the last two months, we have shown the world America is a great nation," he said.

Also Thursday, military officials readied America for a prolonged and difficult war in Afghanistan.

Military experts have warned that a ground war in Afghanistan could prove treacherous, as military forces tackle the huge temperature fluctuations, bone-chilling winds and blinding snow of an Afghan winter. These conditions combined with a mountanious terrain can hamper ground movement and impede air attacks.

But, in a Pentagon briefing Thursday, U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said it "would not be correct to" assume fighting will stop for the winter.

Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition also said the current campaign will "take as long as it takes" and continue 24 hours a day, until Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network is destroyed.

Pakistan's military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Thursday that continuation of bombing through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will have "a negative fallout in the entire Muslim world."

He also advised that civilian casualites have weakened support in the Muslim world for the U.S.-led coalition.

Former Canadian foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy, who just returned from a two-week mission in Pakistan on behalf of Oxfam Canada, said Canada must use its influence to ease the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

More than 100,000 people are trapped in the war-torn country's remote mountain valleys and are facing starvation, he said.

–with files from Associated Press

and Canadian Press

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