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Bush Condemns Brutal Execution of Nicholas Berg

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 12, 2004

President Bush Condemns Brutal Execution of Nicholas Berg
The South Lawn


President George W. Bush makes a statement to the press about the killing of U.S. civilian Nicholas Berg on the South Lawn Wednesday, May 12, 2004. "I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Nicholas Berg. Nicholas Berg was an innocent civilian who was in Iraq to help build a free Iraq. There is no justification for the brutal execution of Nicholas Berg -- no justification whatsoever," said the President.

1:00 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Nicholas Berg. Nicholas Berg was an innocent civilian who was in Iraq to help build a free Iraq. There is no justification for the brutal execution of Nicholas Berg -- no justification whatsoever.

The actions of the terrorists who executed this man remind us of the nature of the few people who want to stop the advance of freedom in Iraq. Their intention is to shake our will. Their intention is to shake our confidence. Yet, by their actions, they remind us of how desperately parts of the world need free societies and peaceful societies. And we will complete our mission. We will complete our task.

Thank you.

END 1:01 P.M. EDT

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