After meeting with Muslim American and Arab American leaders, President Bush praised both communities September 10 and called upon Americans to reject bigotry.
In a speech at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, Bush recalled the U.S. -led overthrow of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks against New York and Washington. The president said the United States "treasure[s] our friendship with Muslims and Arabs around the world."
"All Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true face of Islam," he said.
"It's a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It's a faith based upon love, not hate. As we mourn tomorrow, we must remember that our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, not a religion; that governments which support them are our enemies, not faithful Muslims who love their families, who yearn for a more peaceful and ...