The United Nations and other international organizations are needed to combat extremism, President Bush said.
In an address Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly, the U.S. leader called terrorism the biggest challenge in the history of the United Nations. Bush said the world was succeeding in its war on terror.
“Syria and Iran continue to sponsor terror, yet their numbers are growing fewer. They are becoming more isolated in the world,” he said. “Like slavery and piracy, terrorism has no place in the modern world.”
Bush expressed the hope that a “free and peaceful” independent state would be established for Palestinians.
The U.S. president called on the United Nations to work to prevent terrorist attacks before they happen instead of issuing resolutions condemning them after the fact. He also called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to stop protecting human rights violators.
Bush reassured the international leaders that his administration would bail out Wall Street and tamp down the current unrest in the U.S. market.