Even 7,000 miles away, across oceans and continents, on mountaintops and in caves, you will not escape the justice of this nation.America has put our power at the service of principle.
We reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith.America values and welcomes peaceful people of all faiths; Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and many others.And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us.When I called our troops into action, I did so with complete confidence in their courage and skill.Our nation relies on men and women who look after a neighbor and surround the lost with love.
The evils of slavery were accepted and unchanged for centuries, yet eventually the human heart would not abide them.When freedom takes hold, men and women turn to the peaceful pursuit of a better life.Some have tried to pose a choice between American ideals and American interests, between who we are and how we act. America, by decision and destiny, promotes political freedom, and gains the most when democracy advances.All our citizens are created equal and must be treated equally. Our national courage has been clear in times of depression and war, when defending common dangers defined our common good.Now we must choose if the example of our fathers and mothers will inspire us or condemn us. The United States of America is a friend to the Afghan people, and we are the friends of almost a billion worldwide who practice the Islamic faith.The United States of America is an enemy of those who aid terrorists and of the barbaric criminals who profane a great religion by committing murder in its name.