DEPUTY SECRETARY ARMITAGE: Well, good afternoon,
ladies and gentlemen.
One week ago, I was in Riyadh in a private meeting with Prince
Saud, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, when we heard a loud
explosion. The windows rattled as the shockwave passed through
That bomb claimed the lives of five people, including an 11-year-old
girl. More than 100 others were injured, most of whom just had
the bad luck to be walking past that particular place at that particular
On the same day, four other men used their bodies as bombs at
various sites around Iraq. One of them incinerated a bus full of
children on their way to school.
This is the true face of global terrorism -- not that of Usama
bin Laden or his kind, but of the victims: those Saudi and Iraqi
children last week; but also the revelers who died in the car bombing
of a Bogotá nightclub last February; the passengers who were slaughtered
in a Filipino airport last March; the Russian teenagers who were
killed at a rock concert, and the Turkish bystanders who perished
outside a synagogue; or the American father and daughter who were
slain as they sat in a Jerusalem cafe.
Terrorism continues to destroy the lives of people all over the
world; and this report we are releasing today, "Patterns of Global
Terrorism: 2003," documents the sad toll that such attacks took
last year. This report also details the steps the United States
and some 92 other nations took in 19 -- or 2003 to fight back and
to protect our peoples. Indeed, you will find in these pages clear
evidence that we are prevailing in the fight.
The Department of State, at the request of the U.S. Congress,
prepares this report so that all Americans will know just what
we are doing to keep them safe. The United States is using every
tool at our disposal, including diplomacy, finance, intelligence,
law enforcement and military power; and we're using it to defeat
terror networks and deny their followers any support or any sanctuary;
to diminish the underlying conditions that can nurture or harbor
such violence; and to defend U.S. citizens, both at home and abroad.
Diplomacy is an especially important tool. After all, this is
a war that is being fought on a variety of battlefields all over
the world; and that requires that the United States work with partners
and allies all over the world. And that's precisely what we're
doing in Afghanistan and in Iraq, but also in scores of other countries
on nearly every continent. These nations are acting in their own
interests, sometimes with our support, and they are successfully
waging this campaign.
Indeed, I'll finish my remarks where I started. As you can see
in this report, last week's bombing in Riyadh was not the first
of its kind in Saudi Arabia. These two attacks last year did not
have the effect the perpetrators surely intended; and that was
that brutality would serve to weaken Saudi resolve.
That brutality only served to strengthen Saudi resolve; inject
more urgency into ongoing counterterrorism efforts and open entirely
new avenues of cooperation. Saudi Arabia has launched a sweeping
campaign against terrorism -- one that includes military and law
enforcement measures, but also soul-searching and internal reforms.
That's the kind of commitment that will allow us all to prevail.
Now at this point, ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to turn you
over to our very able Coordinator for Counterterrorism, the inimitable
and irrepressible Ambassador Cofer Black, who will tell you a lot
more about this report.