Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Months on,New York Falls Silent to Remember

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Months on,New York Falls Silent to Remember

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NEW YORK and America paused today to remember the warm sunlit morning exactly six months ago when the city's landscape and life were changed beyond recognition.

A day of emotional ceremonies began with the unveiling of a memorial to the 2,830 dead, including at least 100 Britons.

It was followed by a moment of silence at exactly 8.46am, the moment American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center on 11 September.

A second pause was held at 9.04am, when the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, smashed into the south tower. It was followed by the ceremonial ringing of the fire department's bell.

At the White House President Bush urged nations with al Qaeda militants to help "remove the terrorist parasites". He said: "Every terrorist must be made to live as an international fugitive, with no place to settle or organise, no place to hide, no governments to hide behind and not even a safe place to sleep."

He said the US was actively assisting the governments of the Philippines, Georgia and Yemen to quell militants linked to al Qaeda and said Yemen in particular was vulnerable.

Mr Bush was flanked by the flags of 170 nations, including Britain, who have provided support for the war against terrorism.

He singled out the Royal Navy for thanks and British special operations forces inside Afghanistan. The President said there "can be no immunity, there can be no neutrality" in defeating al Qaeda.But he avoided a repeat of the phrase "axis of evil" which offended some governments last month. Nor did he mention Saddam Hussein or Iraq.

But a powerful warning against nations believed to have weapons of mass destruction, which include Iraq, Iran and North Korea, left no doubt that the US is preparing military action to overthrow Saddam Hussein, possibly in the autumn. …

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