President Bush
, speaking to the nation Tuesday night, vowed to "find those responsible and bring them to justice." In the second Oval Office address of his presidency, Bush said the United States would retaliate against "those behind these evil acts," and any country that harbors them. "Today, our nation saw evil," he said.

Bush spoke to his Cabinet before television cameras Wednesday morning, calling the attacks "an act of war" and saying there are no safe harbors for terrorists.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell

"You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy."
Secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking at the Pentagon Wednesday, said he was trying to build a worldwide coalition against terrorism, but gave no specifics. "When you're attacked by a terrorist and you know who the terrorist is, you should respond," Powell said. The secretary said military action was a possibility, but announced no plans for a strike. He said NATO allies may or may not participate in any attack, but would be obligated to assist the

United States should it invoke Article 5 of the alliance treaty and attack the suspected terrorists or those who harbored them.



UK Prime Minister Tony Blair

“We all agreed that this attack is an attack not only on America but on the world, which demands our complete and united condemnation, our determination to bring those responsible to justice and our support for the American people at this time of trial…

To commit acts of this nature requires a fanaticism and wickedness that is beyond our normal contemplation. The USA will be considering the action it considers appropriate against those found to be responsible. But beyond that, there are issues connected with such terrorism that the international community as a whole must consider: where these groups are, how they operate, how they are financed, how they are supported, and how they are stopped.

People of all faiths and all democratic political persuasions have a common cause: to identify this machinery of terror and to dismantle it as swiftly as possible. With our American friends, and other allies around the world, this is the task to which we now turn."




Australian Prime Minister John Howard

“In many respects, yesterday marked the end of an era of a degree of innocence following the end of the Cold War and a decade in which it seemed as though things which posed a continuous threat were behind us. But regrettably we now face a possibility of a period in which the threat of terrorism will be with us in the way the threat of a nuclear war was around for so long before the end of the Cold War. I think it is as bad as that - and I don’t think any of us should pretend otherwise.”











Russian President Vladimir V. Putin

"On behalf of Russia, I am addressing the people of the U.S. I would like to say that we are with you. We fully and completely share and feel your pain."






Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien

"I spoke early this morning with President Bush. I reiterated directly to him the sincerest condolences of the Canadian people for the horrific attacks yesterday on innocent Americans and our offer of any security or humanitarian assistance that the United States may need. I also told him that, as our closest friend and partner, America could count on our complete support and solidarity in the days to come."










Yasser Arafat President of Palestinian Council

"We completely condemn this. ... We were completely shocked. It's unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable."










Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres

"Clergymen of every faith must call on their followers to end this activity which goes against religion."








Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak

"I think this is the time to deploy a globally concerted effort against all terrorists."










UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

"We are all traumatised by this terrible tragedy"












President Jacques Chirac of France

"France has just learned of these monstrous attacks, there is no other word for it, that have hit America”











German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

"A declaration of war against the civilized world."










Sweden's Prime Minister Goran Persson

"It is probably the largest attack we have ever seen against an open democracy and therefore an issue for the entire democratic world… All democratic forces must form a united front."