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Bush, on War's Anniversary, Calls on World to Fight Terror

President Bush sought to rally support on Friday for what he called an inescapable battle with terrorism, telling representatives of 83 nations that they can afford no concession, no sign of weakness and no division. On the first anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq — a conflict that his critics say weakened the alliances the United States now needs more than ever — Mr. Bush said the quarrels over how to handle Saddam Hussein should be put in the past. The world might better focus its efforts on bringing peace and democracy to the Middle East and choking off the forces that breed fanaticism, he said. “There is no neutral ground — no neutral ground — in the fight between civilization and terror, because there is no neutral ground between good and evil, freedom and slavery and life and death,” Mr. Bush said. Among those attending were the ambassadors from France and Germany, which opposed the invasion of Iraq, and from Spain, which suffered a terrorist bombing last week. Full Story

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