'We Will Stand With the Moderates and Reformers'
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Excerpts of President Bush's address yesterday to the U.N. General Assembly, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:
This morning I want to speak about the more hopeful world that is within our reach, a world beyond terror, where ordinary men and women are free to determine their own destiny, where the voices of moderation are empowered, and where the extremists are marginalized by the peaceful majority.
This world can be ours, if we seek it and if we work together. . . .
Every nation that travels the road to freedom moves at a different pace, and the democracies they build will reflect their own culture and traditions.
But the destination is the same: a free society where people live at peace with each other and at peace with the world.
Some have argued that the democratic changes we're seeing in the Middle East are destabilizing the region.
This argument rests on a false assumption: that the Middle East was stable to begin with.
The reality is that the stability we thought we saw in the Middle East was a mirage. . . .
We must seek stability through a free and just Middle East, where the extremists are marginalized by millions of citizens in control of their own destinies.
Today I'd like to speak directly to the people across the broader Middle East.
My country desires peace. Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam.
This propaganda is false, and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror.