War on Terrorism: 'Inescapable Calling of Our Generation'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Friday hailed the eighty-four countries that have recognized the threat of terrorism: "We are the nations that will defeat that threat," he said in a speech marking the one-year anniversary of the war in Iraq.

The president noted that each of the 84 nations in the U.S.-led coalition "has pledged before the world, 'We will never bow to the violence of a few. We will face this mortal danger and we will overcome it together.'"

He said the recent murders in Madrid are a reminder that the civilized world is at war -- and that the war on terrorism is not a figure of speech. "It is an inescapable calling of our generation," Bush said.

Civilians are on the front lines of this war, he said. The terrorists' goal is to demoralize and divide us, Bush warned. "Each attack must be answered, not only with sorrow, but with greater determination, deeper resolve and bolder action against the killers."

Bush said it is the duty of every government is to fight and destroy the terrorist threat. Appeasement won't work, he said. "There is no neutral ground," he warned.

"The terrorists are not merely offended by our policies. They are offended by our existence as free nations. No concession will appease their hatred. No accommodation will satisfy their endless demands. Their ultimate ambitions are to control the peoples of the Middle East, and to blackmail the rest of the world with weapons of mass terror.

"There can be no separate peace with the terrorist enemy. Any sign of weakness or retreat simply validates terrorist violence," Bush said.

"The only certain way to protect our people is by united and decisive action."