“Five years ago today, terrorists seized four passenger airplanes and used them to brutally murder nearly three thousand innocent people in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Recognizing a grave threat both to the United States and to democracy itself, President Bush channeled America’s resources into a global alliance to fight the threat posed by the al Qaeda terrorist network and its supporters.
Working with our allies on five continents, we have made substantial progress towards the goal of making our world safer from those who want to achieve nothing less than mass murder on a global scale. The five years since the September 11th tragedy have seen terrorists and their supporters put on trial and jailed, their shell companies and assets seized, and a number of sinister plots stopped before they could be executed, saving countless lives.
Much more needs to be done before we can all feel truly safe from the threat posed by global terrorism. President Bush is committed to doing all he can to help us achieve this important goal. On his behalf, I would like to extend the gratitude of the people of my country to President Vicente Fox for the extraordinary efforts he has made to keep the people of our hemisphere safe from those who wish to do us harm.
Mexican nationals were among the thousands of victims killed on September 11, 2001. Let us honor the memory of all who died by pledging to do whatever is necessary to prevent a reoccurrence of this terrorist outrage in any country.”