Bush's Address on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the US witnessed the tragic loss of life brought about by acts of terrorism in New York and Washington DC. That evening, President George W. Bush addressed the nation.
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  1. evil
    that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
    Today, our nation saw evil -- the very worst of human nature -- and we responded with the best of America.
  2. despicable
    morally reprehensible
    Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
  3. unyielding
    resistant to physical force or pressure
    The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger.
  4. foundation
    the basis on which something is grounded
    Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.
  5. implemented
    forced or compelled or put in force
    Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans.
  6. priority
    status established in order of importance or urgency
    Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.
  7. precaution
    a measure taken in advance to ward off impending danger
    Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.
  8. intelligence
    secret information about an enemy or potential enemy
    I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice.
  9. enforcement
    ensuring observance of or obedience to
    I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice.
  10. distinction
    a discrimination between things as different
    We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
  11. committed
    bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a cause or action
    We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
  12. condemn
    express strong disapproval of
    I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks.
  13. condolence
    an expression of sympathy with another's grief
    And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.
  14. terrorism
    the use of violence against civilians for ideological goals
    America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.
  15. grieve
    feel intense sorrow, especially due to a loss
    Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened.
Created on August 6, 2014 (updated August 6, 2014)

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