Statement by the President: Anniversary of the Bombing of US Embassies in Africa (8/7/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                    (Martha?s Vineyard, Massachusetts)

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I join all Americans in remembering the lives lost two years ago today
in the bombing of our embassies in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam.  Twelve
dedicated Americans perished on that day, together with 44 Kenyan and
Tanzanian citizens working to support our diplomatic efforts, and more than
200 other innocent people.  The targets of this crime were doing so much
good:  helping Africans and each other to promote peace and democracy, to
fight poverty and disease, to protect the environment, and to aid American
citizens in need.  I believe they were targets precisely because they were
dedicated to principles of tolerance, understanding and cooperation across
frontiers.  The terrorists took from us our colleagues, friends and loved
ones, but they have failed utterly to deter us from advancing these
principles around the world.

     Today we remember that, in many ways, the men and women who serve
America in our diplomatic missions endure as much danger and hardship as
the men and women who serve America in our military. As long as the world
is as it is, we cannot eliminate the risk.  But we can and must give them
the support they need to minimize that risk, and the backing they deserve
to achieve America?s goals in the world.


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