For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 13, 2002
Statement by the President
Terrorists have once again targeted innocents this time in Indonesia. At least 182 innocent men and women have been
murdered and hundreds injured in a cowardly act designed to create terror and chaos.
On behalf of the people of the United States, I condemn this heinous act. I offer our heartfelt condolences to the
families of all the murder victims from numerous countries and our wish for the swift and complete recovery of those
injured in this attack.
I offer our sympathy to our friends, the people of Indonesia, for this terrible tragedy. Our prayers are also with our
friends and allies, the people of Australia, who are suffering a grievous personal and national loss.
The world must confront this global menace terrorism. We must together challenge and defeat the idea that the wanton
killing of innocents advances any cause or supports any aspirations. And, we must call this despicable act by its
rightful name murder.
The United States has offered its assistance to the government of Indonesia to help bring these murderers to justice.
GEORGE W. BUSH