Obama’s op-ed: Al-Qaeda on the path to defeat

2011-09-09 14:29

Paris – US President Barack Obama, in an opinion piece for French daily Le Figaro today, thanked people around the world for their support in the wake of the September 11 2001 attacks and said the US would continue to cooperate closely with its allies.

“Those who attacked us on 9/11 wanted to drive a wedge between the United States and the world. They failed. On this 10th anniversary, we are united with our friends and partners in remembering all those we have lost in this struggle,” Obama wrote.

“Working together, we have disrupted al-Qaeda plots, eliminated Osama bin Laden and much of his leadership, and put al-Qaeda on the path to defeat,” he said.

“Meanwhile, people across the Middle East and North Africa are showing that the surest path to justice and dignity is the moral force of non-violence, not mindless terrorism and violence,” Obama added.

The future belonged to those who “want to build, not destroy”, he said.

Looking back, he remarked that the first years after the 9/11 attacks had been “difficult” as the spirit of international partnership that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks fizzled.

Since becoming president, he had worked to rebuild those partnerships and to reassure the world the US “is not and never will be at war with Islam”.

“Through a new era of engagement, we’ve forged partnerships with nations and peoples based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” he said.

Even if the US was grappling with economic challenges on the domestic front, he assured, it would continue to play a “unique leadership role in the world”.

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