WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush pressed the world's nations Monday to keep an unflagging commitment to the campaign against terrorism and "take seriously the growing threat of terror on a catastrophic scale" should nuclear weapons end up in the wrong hands.
Bush marked the six months since the Sept. 11 attacks at a solemn ceremony on the White House South Lawn. With flags of many world nations at his back, Bush said the global coalition must not weaken in the face of terrorists who are brazen enough to try, in any city in the world, more attacks like those launched on New York and Washington last fall.
"There can be no peace in the world where differences and grievances become an excuse to target the innocent for murder," Bush said. "Against such an enemy, there is no immunity, and there can be no neutrality."
He described Sept. 11 as not only a day of tragic, multiple hijackings, but a day when the world "was stirred to anger and to action" over terrorism. "And the terrorists will remember Sept. 11 as the day their reckoning began," Bush said.
But that reckoning, Bush said, will be elusive if countries fail to act decisively to keep terrorist organizations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.
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