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For example, he says, "Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater" (Blair One). Bush's remarks are far harsher and already allude to many of the controversial actions Bush will take to "win the war on terror." He says, "Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success" (Bush).

While both men advocate quick retribution and continued action against terrorists, Blair's speech seems far more balanced and humane. He says, "This is the moment to bring the faiths closer together in understanding of our common values and heritage, a source of unity and strength" (Blair Two). Bush attempts to bring the American people together as well, but uses the banner of patriotism and justice against wrongs to rally the people. His continued theme is that Americans have been wronged, it has changed the world order, and America has a duty to respond accordingly. On retrospect, Bush's speech seems far shallower and bent on revenge than Blair's does and it sets forth many of the tenets that would guide the U.S. policy on terrorism and lead to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each man is eloquent in his own way, but compassionate is a word that seems to fit Blair's words, while vindictive indignation seem to represent Bush's comments. Both speeches accomplished specific purposes. Blair's reassured Great Britain that steps would be taken and life would go on, while Bush rallied Americans to support a full-fledged war on terror. It is interesting to read these speeches in retrospect and see the results - where they have led. One must wonder what the ultimate result of these two leaders' different points-of-view will be.

References

Blair, Tony. "Tony Blair's Speech (part one)." GardianUnlimited.com. 2 Oct. 2001. 28 Feb. 2007. http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labour2001/story/0,1414,562006,00.html

Tony Blair's Speech (part two)." GardianUnlimited.com. 2 Oct. 2001. 28 Feb. 2007. http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labourconference2001/story/0,1220,561988,00.html

Bush, George W. "Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People." WhiteHouse.gov. 20 Sept. 2001. 28 Feb. 2007. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html

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Blair, Tony. "Tony Blair's Speech (part one)." GardianUnlimited.com. 2 Oct. 2001. 28 Feb. 2007. http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labour2001/story/0,1414,562006,00.html

Tony Blair's Speech (part two)." GardianUnlimited.com. 2 Oct. 2001. 28 Feb. 2007. http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labourconference2001/story/0,1220,561988,00.html

Bush, George W. "Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People." WhiteHouse.gov. 20 Sept. 2001. 28 Feb. 2007. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html

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