President Bush condemned
the terrorist attacks in London July 7 saying, "We
will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists."
President George W. Bush condemns the blasts that
disrupted London's transportation systems and
offered "heartfelt condolences" to Great Britain
from the American people. "We will not yield to
these people, will not yield to the terrorists.
We will find them, we will bring them to justice,
and at the same time, we will spread an ideology
of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their
ideology of hate," Bush says. (© AP/WWP)
The Union Jack being raised in front of State
Department building in Washington, DC.
"We will find them, we will bring them
to justice, and at the same time, we will spread an ideology
of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology
of hate," Bush said in a prepared statement from Auchterarder,
Scotland, where he is attending the annual Group of Eight
On the morning of July 7, four blasts in
London killed at least two and injured more than 300 people,
according to news reports. British officials report three
blasts on the London subway and confirm an explosion tore
open a double-decker bus at Russell Square in central London.
According to the Associated Press, as of 2:14 p.m. local
time, officials at seven hospitals report that 334 people
had been wounded, including more than 120 who were treated
At 8:49 a.m. local time, an incident was
reported to the British Transport Police on the subway line
between Liverpool Street and Aldgate station. At 9:33 a.m.,
another incident was reported on the subway at Edgware Road
and King’s Cross in North London. At 10:23 a.m., British
Transport Police confirmed an explosion on a bus in Tavistock
Bush said he met briefly with British Prime
Minister Tony Blair after learning of the attacks and offered
condolences to the people of London and Britain.
Blair left Scotland to return to London
and to speak to the British people, Bush said.
"He'll carry a message of solidarity
with him," Bush said.
Bush also said he has spoken with the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and instructed the agency
to alert state and local officials about the facts and what
has taken place in London. He urged state and local governments
"to be extra vigilant."
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Following is the text of Bush's remarks:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
July 7, 2005
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUSH
ON THE BOMBINGS IN LONDON
1:30 P.M. (Local)
PRESIDENT BUSH: I spent some time recently
with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and had an opportunity
to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of London,
people who lost lives. I appreciate Prime Minister Blair's
steadfast determination and his strength. He's on his way
now to London here from the G8 to speak directly to the
people of London. He'll carry a message of solidarity with
This morning I have been in contact with
our Homeland Security folks. I instructed them to be in
touch with local and state officials about the facts of
what took place here and in London, and to be extra vigilant,
as our folks start heading to work.
The contrast between what we've seen on
the TV screens here, what's taken place in London and what's
taking place here is incredibly vivid to me. On the one
hand, we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty,
to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on
ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand,
you've got people killing innocent people. And the contrast
couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts
of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human
liberty, and those who kill -- those who have got such evil
in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent
The war on terror goes on. I was most impressed
by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve
is as strong as my resolve. And that is we will not yield
to these people, will not yield to the terrorists. We will
find them, we will bring them to justice, and at the same
time, we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion
that will overwhelm their ideology of hate.
Thank you very much.
1:32 P.M. (Local)