On this day UN HQ in Baghdad was destroyed, the top UN official in Iraq killed...and after the Pres spoke
Bush Decries Attack on U.N. HQ in Iraq
By DEB RIECHMANN
The Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2003; 12:29 PM
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush on Tuesday condemned the deadly truck bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, calling the attackers "enemies of the civilized world."
Speaking from his Texas ranch, Bush said he had spoken by phone with the U.S. administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan about the attack "and about the vital work in Iraq that continues."
Those who carried out the attack are testing America's will to combat terrorism," Bush said, "and are finding across the world that "our will cannot be shaken."
"These killers will not determine the future of Iraq," Bush said in a statement at his ranch. "Every sign of progress in Iraq adds to the desperation of the terrorists and the remnants of Saddam's brutal regime."
The vacationing Bush had cut short a golf game and returned to his ranch to monitor developments after talking by phone on the golf course twice with his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice.
Earlier, Bush had voiced pleasure over the capture of Saddam Hussein's vice president, pledging to continue going after Saddam loyalists who don't want democracy to take root in Iraq.
Bush said he and Annan discussed "the personal loss the U.N. has suffered." At least 15 people were reported killed and 40 wounded, including the top U.N. official in Baghdad.
"By their tactics and their targets, these murderers reveal themselves once more as enemies of the civilized world," Bush said. "The civilized world will not be intimidated, and these killers will not determine the future of Iraq."
In Iraq, Bremer rushed to the scene of the bombing as soon as he learned of it, a spokesman said. A delegation of members of the U.S. Congress was touring various sites in Iraq but no one was injured.
The hastily arranged statement by Bush, delivered from a hangar on his ranch property, was a little over four minutes long. The president, having changed into a jacket, white dress shirt and red tie from his golf outfit and appearing somber, took no questions.
Accompanying him were two top aides, deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin and deputy national security adviser Stephen Hadley.
Bush's calls to Bremer and Annan were made once he had returned to the ranch from the golf course.