As moving ceremonies to mark the September 11 attacks took place, US President George W. Bush addressed the nation in a televised speech from the Oval office. He referred to the ‘war on terror’ as a “struggle for civilisation”. “Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. So we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us,” he said. Bush also used his speech to warn the elusive Osama bin Laden that “no matter how long it takes, America will find you and will bring you to justice.”
In this congressional election year for the president, some accuse Bush of using the anniversary to boost support for the Iraq war. However at “Ground Zero” where the 110-storey twin towers collapsed, it was clear that for many, all they wanted to do was to sit quietly and remember the loved ones they lost five years ago.