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October 7, 2005
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Regimes that harbor terrorists, including Syria’s and Iran’s, must be held to account, President Bush said. “State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a long history of collaboration with terrorists and they deserve no patience from the victims of terror,” Bush said in a major foreign-policy address Thursday at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington. “The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them, because they’re equally guilty of murder. Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization, and the civilized world must hold those regimes to account.” The United States says Syria continues to harbor Palestinian terrorist groups. Asked to elaborate later, Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said the United States could expand sanctions against Syria.

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