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President Bush Vows To Lead World To Victory
By DAVID ESPO
AP Special Correspondent
Fighting back tears. President Bush
vowed Thursday that America
would “lead the world to victor> ”
over terrorism in a struggle he tenned
the first war of the 21 st century'.
He announced plans to visit New
York, site of the World Trade Center
tw in towers that were destroyed by
attacks earlier in the week.
‘T weep and mourn with
America,” the president said at the
White House as officials said the
death toll from attacks in New York
and on the Pentagon Tuesday would
reach into the thousands.
“There is a quiet anger in
America," Bush said in a telephone
conference call with New York Gov.
George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph
"My resolve is stead\ and strong
about w inning this war that has been
declared on America," the president
added. “It’s a new kind of war....
This government w ill adjust and this
government will call other
governments tojoin us.”
Bush's eyes were red and wet as
he ended his news conference, his
head and hands trembling slightly as
he made his remarks.
Bush spoke as Congress hastened
to vote $20 billion as a first
installment on recoverv- and anti-
teiTorism efforts. There was also
discussion about passage of
legislation authorizing a militar)'
response to the attacks in New York
and Washington, although
administration officials made clear
they believed the president alreadv'
had the authority he needed.
"We have just seen the first war
of the 21 St century,” he said. He said
he had consulted a broad range of
foreign leaders, had found “universal
support” for the United States and
expected there would be backing for
whatever retaliation he ordered.
He also said pointedly the United
States had been in diplomatic contact
with Pakistan, and wanted to give
the government there an opportunirs'
to cooperate. Pakistan has close ties
with the government of Afghanistan,
which harbors Osama bin Laden, a
suspect in Tuesday’s fearsome
In later comments to reporters.
Bush said fimily, “Now that war has
been declared on us, we will lead the
world to victory. Victoiy.”
The president spoke as officials
in New York said the list of those
missing was roughly 4,700 from
attacks that leveled the tw in towers
at the World Trade Center. In
addition, the Defense Department
said it appeared about 190 people
had died in the attack on the
Pentagon, a preliminary estimate that
included victims both in the building
and in the hijacked airline that
plowed into the structure.
Search teams had recovered about
70 bodies b)' moining, said Jeny
Roussillon, deputy fire and rescue
chief for Fairfax County, Va. “We’re
making inroads into the impact area
foot by foot now,” he said. The
teams were pulled back from the
rubble by a bomb threat made b\'
telephone near daw n, but the threat
apparently came to nothing and
The reopening of the U.S. air
space, planned later Thursday, w as
bringing one slice of ever\ day life
back to a countn' frozen in hon'or
since Tuesday’s teiTorist attacks.
But flying promised to be an\ thing
but nomial; Attorney General .lohn
Ashcroft sent U.S. marshals and
other agents to airports and airliners
to usher in a new era of security.
Bush started work in the Oval
Office at 7:10 a.m. Thursday' w ith
another round of calls to w orld
leaders as part of his effort to build a
multinational coalition. Leaders of
Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia and
NATO “ha\ e all said the\' will stand
together with the United States to
combat teiTorism,” White House
press secretan Ari Fleischer said.
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He would not say what exactK’ Bush
asked of his counterparts. The
president had also talked to a half
dozen leaders Wednesday.
Congressional leaders spoke of a
strong and sustained — if
unspecified — response to teiTorism.
“I believe it ma\' take a lot of
time, a lot of American treasure and
perhaps some American blood,” Sen.
John McCain, R-Ariz., said on the
morning talk shows. Similar
expressions of unit)’ and conviction
came from Democrats.
“This is a national crisis,” said
House Minority Leader Richard
Gephardt, D-Mo. He said political
leaders were as unified now as the\'
w ere after Congress voted to commit
to the Gulf War.
Some of the options under
consideration by Bush would go
bev ond the low -risk unmanned
cruise missile strikes that have been
deplov ed in past anti-ten'orist
operations, a senior administration
official said Thursday, speaking on
condition of anonymit>.
Among them: bombings from
manned aircraft and the deployment
of special troops on the ground.
The official said Bush has made no
decision because investigators are
still tr) ing to determine with "as
much certaint}' as possible” who
mastenninded the attacks and v\ hat
counti')', if any, harbored those
Officials reaffirmed their belief
that Osama bin Laden, a Saudi
millionaire expatriate living in
Afghanistan, is one prime suspect.
The thirst for revenge w as apparent
"1 think every body is so angr)-
they want to hit somebody,” Senate
Majorit}' Leader Tom Daschle said
In all, teiTorists commandeered
fourjetliners on Tuesday, flyingtwo
of them into the towering buildings
in Manhattan and one into the
Pentagon. The fourth — possibly
aiming for the White House —
crashed southeast of Pittsburgh after
passengers apparently struggled with
Ashcroft and others described an
extraordinary investigation. It
stretched from the Canadian border,
w here officials suspect some of the
hijackers entered the countn, to
Florida, where some of the
participants are believed to ha\ e
learned how to tl\ commercial
jetliners before the attacks.
Locations in Massachusetts and
Florida were searched for e\ idence.
Internet ser\ ice pros iders said they
were complying readily \\ ith search
w arrants seeking infomiation about
an e-mail address believed connected
to the attacks.
From TIMS Campus
Interest In Nostradamus
Resurrected After Attack
By Barbara Rose
The Internet’s vaunted "\ iral”
ability to spread obscure
infomiation rapidly helped to fuel
interest last week in the writings of
a 16th century figure whose
writings some consider prophetic,
Michel de Nostredame, known as
“Nostradamus” ranked high on
a list of the keyv\ords typed into
search engines when people
flocked online for news after the
terrorist attacks, according to
ComScore Networks, a Chicago-
based firm that monitors Internet
It’s hardly surprising that
surfers searched on such words as
“CNN,” “World Trade Center” and
“news”-the top three search terms
diu'ing the three hours after the
attack, according to ComScore.
“Pentagon” ranked fourth.
His name ranked eighth, right
after Osama bin Laden, the teiTorist
leader whose followers are
suspected of orchestrating the
“Nostradamus had appeared as
a search term previously, but there
w ere 50 times the number of entries
for his name” in search engines
after the attack compared with the
same period a week earlier, says
ComScore CEO Gian Fulgoni.
E-mail added heat to the
Nostradamus frenzy. Various
versions of a cryptic and
apocalyptic verse were circulating
widely last week, purporting to be
from Nostradamus’ writings, w hich
were originally in French.
When the e-mails started
popping up in the inbox of Eric
Estabrooks, a Chicago database
programi-qerj he iised .Google.com
to search on “Nostradamus” only
to find that most of the top sites
were inaccessible, apparently
because too many people were
tn ing to get on them.
A persistent Estabrooks
contlmied that the e-mailed \erse
he received was identical to a verse
composed and posted on the Web
in a discussion about reason
versus superstition. The \\riter’s
intent was to debunk
Nostradamus’ prophetic powers.
“Everyone, please, use a bit of
common sense before you forward
false e-mails,” Estabrooks chided
in his own e-mail repK’ to senders.
"People are looking for some
kind of comfort and external
validation in anything suggesting
that the attack was part of some
plan” over which they have no
control, he says.
meanwhile, says people turned to
the Internet after the crash to
amplify reports the\' were getting
from other media. Nearly half ot the
top 30 search keywords were
variations on the names of news
outlets, mainly broadcast.
“If you’re watching TV and
somebody mentions bin Laden and
you wanted to find out more,”
Fulgoni says, “what better way?”
CNN.com’s site was by far the
most popular nevs s site, with 11.6
million unique visitors worldwide
during the day of the attack, 680
percent more than a week earlier.
The second most visited site was
MSNBC.com, with 9.5 million
visitors, a 236 percent increase.
Among content sites, FBl.gov
ranked first that day, with about
280,000 visitors, up 1,306 percent
from the previous week.