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"The Virus is Terrorism," address by Prime Minister Tony Blair to the U.S. Congress. (July 17, 2003)
There never has been a time when the power of America was so necessary, or so misunderstood. Our new world rests on order. The danger is disorder, and in today’s world it can now spread like contagion. The risk is that terrorism and states developing WMD come together. It is not rivalry but partnership we need—a common will and shared purpose in the face of a common threat. Any alliance must start with America and Europe; if Europe and America are together, the others will work with us. To be a serious partner, Europe must take on and defeat the anti-Americanism that sometimes passes for its political discourse. America must show that this is a partnership built on persuasion, not command. The world’s security cannot be protected without the world’s heart being won. So America must listen as well as lead. Our ultimate weapon is not our guns, but our beliefs.




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